“I just want my daughter to grow up strong.”
- Solina's mum
On a recent trip to their village, our teams spoke to another UNICEF-supported health care worker, Mr. Lonh about the impact he has seen throughout his experience as a medical practitioner.
On the day we met him, Mr. Lonh treated only one patient for malnutrition, Solina, a two-year-old girl. Solina’s young mother was understandably emotional when she spoke to our teams after her daughter's malnutrition screening.
“I knew she was a bit small, and I was worried about why she wasn’t growing more... when they said she had severe acute malnutrition. I was a bit shocked,” says Solina’s mum. “But I am glad they told me. That means I know what to do now.”
Mr. Lonh comforted Solina’s mother, took her through vital nutritional and health information, and provided her with Nurtix, a ready-to-use, therapeutic food to treat malnourished children, developed with support from UNICEF. The supplement provides vital nutrients to support Solina’s full recovery. Health workers will now continue to monitor Solina in follow-up appointments.
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Mr. Lonh explains that preventing malnutrition is sometimes as simple as educating parents that their children cannot eat the same diet as them.
“People don’t really understand how nutrition works, especially for children. They don’t know all the different micronutrients and vitamins a young child needs.”
“Often, they will just try and give a young child the exact same food as an adult, not knowing that they might need more vegetables, for example.”