This month I saw four children with illnesses that were so serious I had to refer them to the community health center for medical treatment. Three children had pneumonia and one had malaria. I followed up on all the children when they returned home. I made sure they were taking their medicine correctly and following other instructions from the doctor. Three of them are okay now, but one is continuing to have problems so I am keeping a close eye on him.
I also screened 30 children for malnutrition. I measured the size of each child’s arm with a screening band and found that a 3-year-old girl named Barandjè was severely malnourished. She was very skinny and her face was pale because of the malnutrition. She rarely smiled. Barandjè is an only child. Her mother lost her first baby during delivery, so Barandjè is very precious to her. Barandjè’s parents are farmers and their harvest was not good this year, so the family has been struggling with not enough to eat. Barandjè’s mother said the girl had not had much appetite for a while. The mother continued to breastfeed her, but the family did not have enough money to provide a balanced diet. I told the parents they must take Barandjè right away to the community health center. Read more