Neesim Nutrition Centre

Cooking demonstration
at Neesim Nutrition
Centre

Neesim Nutrition Centre provides vital rehabilitation to malnourished children alongside education for their mothers on healthy nutrition and hygienic living.

Typically they treat children with either body wasting due to the late introduction of complementary feeding or the failure to provide a balanced diet, or oedema (body swelling) due to a specific lack of protein.  However they have also begun to treat an increasing number of small babies whose mothers have died or are unable to breastfeed.

So far over 400 mothers and children have come to stay at the centre.  Most stay for an average of 8-10 weeks and the transformation in the children can be incredible.  Just as importantly, after hearing about healthy nutrition and hygiene, and practicing it at the centre, the mothers leave equipped to care for their families well.

Neesim Nutrition Centre also conducts outreaches into the local communities to provide education on nutrition and to screen for malnourished children.

In July 2015 a borehole was sunk to provide clean piped water to the nutrition centre, school and local community.

Somed

Somed’s* mother died and he was sent to live with his grandmother who struggled to care for him.  When Somed was 9 months old she brought him to Neesim Nutrition Centre.  He weighed just 6.5 kg.  Somed was put on a special milk diet before transitioning to normal locally-available foods.  Within two months he weighed 8.4kg.  On the day of discharge his Grandmother said “kokoduunim shiri neeri kpimba” (the nutrition centre people can resurrect the dead!).   *Assumed name




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