Malnutrition remains a pressing global concern, affecting numerous children worldwide and threatening their health and well-being. Among these vulnerable individuals is Irewole, a 1-year and 1-month-old girl referred from one of our partner Primary Health Centres (PHC) due to severe malnutrition.

Upon enrollment, Irewole weighed 5.7kg and showed evident physical manifestations of malnutrition, including thinness, cracked lips, and a weak cry. Her journey shows the persistence required to combat malnutrition and emphasizes the critical importance of early intervention and comprehensive care.

During the course of her visit, Irewole has demonstrated remarkable progress and after six comprehensive visits and diligent care, we are happy to see that her weight has increased to 8.0 kg, with a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) of 13 cm. Her significant improvement shows the dedication of Irewole’s mother, who has adhered to the nutritional counseling provided by our Nutritionists. Her commitment has played a crucial role in ensuring Irewole’s growth and development, highlighting the importance of mothers in addressing malnutrition.

As part of the NUMEPLAN program, during bi-weekly visits, her mother received nutritious food items for both mother and child, along with adequate nutrition education on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), sanitation and hygiene and other aspects.

At Lagos Food Bank we are keen on continuous support and monitoring. Monthly follow-up appointments will be scheduled to assess Irewole’s progress to ensure her continual growth and development, as well as safeguarding her against the threat of malnutrition in the future.

It’s great to know that Irewole’s mother has adhered to the nutrition counselling provided which has led to the remarkable improvement in her daughter’s health. At Lagos Food Bank, we continue our efforts to combat malnutrition and ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive and flourish.