“Encouraging pregnant women to continue attending prenatal exams, to feed properly, and to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months, is essential to prevent malnutrition in younger children. As well as convincing parents to take malnourished children to the hospital as soon as possible, without waiting until it is too late, is crucial in vast, isolated and poor areas, like this one”, says Alice Akello, passionate nurse, on the front line in the fight against malnutrition in the Nutrition Unit of Kalongo Hospital.
“To stop malnutrition it is necessary to reach and involve mothers, parents and local communities so that they learn how to recognize the first signs of malnutrition and become aware of the importance of eating nutritious food to prevent it. That is also why we visit the villages and teach people which foods to grow in their gardens and how to cook them to safeguard nutritional values. We promote good health and hygiene practices to prevent diseases such as worm infestations, diarrhoea and malaria that cause long-term malnutrition. Unfortunately, Kalongo District is very large and we did not manage to reach all the villages, there are still many families who cannot benefit from our nutritional and health advice, but we are not going to give up, we want to reach as many families as possible. There are still many children to protect and save ”.
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