Mary’s mother Nyanthiok Deng thanked the nutrition program for the timely intervention for her daughter and their effort in curbing the overall rate of malnutrition in Pigi County. She said that, through the program’s nutrition education sessions, she had gained very useful knowledge about how to provide an adequate and balanced diet for her children, which she will put into practice. She also said she will actively share that knowledge with other community members, as she had seen the benefits first hand.
She commented, “This program should not stop, since we do have other children in the community that require these services.”
To date, IMA and Nile Hope have surpassed nearly all targets for the project. For example, the goal of treating 324 children under age 5 for severe acute malnutrition resulted in 516 children receiving treatment, exceeding the target by 60%. Additionally, by educating mothers, the project hoped that 230 children would be exclusively breastfed; to date, that number is 669—exceeding the target by 190%.
Though much work remains, IMA and Nile Hope are pleased with Mary’s progress and the overall success of the nutrition project.