Caring for children at risk

West Africa

Sadly, malnutrition affects children all over the world.  However, in communities suffering from poverty, the risks from malnutrition are amplified. Worldwide, around 45% of deaths among children under the age of 5 are linked to undernutrition¹.

In West Africa, SIMaid is partnering with Caring for Kids to cure and prevent malnutrition in children. In a community where SIM has been working for many years, SIMaid’s Caring for Kids project provides holistic care to vulnerable children in a province impacted by poverty. The project provides nutritional rehabilitation and medical treatment to malnourished children, while also providing infant formula or regular whole milk powder to orphans. 

As well as administering milk and medication to the children, Caring for Kids seeks to educate mothers around nutrition, health and hygiene as a preventative action. With a desire to display the love of Jesus, Caring for Kids seeks to meet the urgent needs of malnourished children and empower mothers to care for their families. Roger is one child who has overcome severe malnutrition after receiving vital help from the Caring for Kids team. 

Roger

In June, a 10-month-old boy named Roger was admitted to the Caring for Kids centre. He was suffering from severe malnutrition and weighed 6.5kg. He was 68cm tall and had a mid-upper arm circumference of only 100mm. Roger didn’t have any associated medical complications, so the team assessed that he could be treated at home. Where possible, the team prefer recovery at home as it is better for both the child and family.

The Caring for Kids team supplied Roger’s mother with an enriched peanut paste that provided good nutrition to help Roger gain weight. He was scheduled for weekly follow-up appointments to check on his progress and to also receive new supplies of the paste. After only one month of treatment, Roger was healed from severe malnutrition and weighed 8.0 kg with a mid-upper arm circumference of 130 mm. 

He will continue to visit the centre every two weeks for a 3-month period of consolidation. During this time, he will continue to receive nutritious food and he will be weighed to track his progress.

Do you want to support vulnerable children in West Africa like Roger? Consider giving toward Caring for Kids by visiting our donation page, selecting the office nearest you, and using project number 93291. 

Pray with us

• Pray for the children involved in Caring for Kids, that they can get adequate nutrition, love, and care. Ask God to equip and provide for these families.

• Pray for continued recovery for Roger and strength for his mother. 


¹ WHO, 2020

First published at SIM Australia.

SIM Asset Publisher Portlet

Asset Publisher

SIM Asset Publisher Portlet

Asset Publisher

Related stories

More than 800 years of combined missionary service: a SIM Kenya legacy rooted in faith

The first night of the SIM Kenya team retreat wasn't filled with the usual icebreaker questions.  There was a team trivia night. One of the questions asked, “If you add up all the years of service on our entire SIM Kenya team, how many years would that be?”

Dynamic Diana creates a very healthy space for the gospel in Nairobi

When Diana Ayabei turns up for work in the Kenyan capital Nairobi she must be ready for just about anything.

Sao finds comfort and hope in Christ through palliative care team

Sao has been battling breast cancer since 2021. She lives in Angola, where life expectancy is just 62 and healthcare is far from perfect.  She has been from hospital to hospital but the cancer always seemed to be one step ahead. She was never able to get the right help.