On the road to recovery from severe acute malnutrition
Amira is a 9 month old from South Sudan who is eager to dig into her peanut butter sachet.
Prior to receiving treatment on the 'Outpatient Therapeutic Program' (OTP), Amira was suffering from acute malnutrition that was progressively getting worse. Her condition was so severe, she didn't have the energy to talk and wasn't able to stand
like most infants. Terrified and confused, her mother Samar feared she wouldn't survive.
“My child's condition slowly worsened over
time. She's been in and out of hospital. I feel
bad seeing my child in this way.”
Amira has been discharged from the OTP and is now stabilising in the 'Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme' (TSFP). After regaining her strength, she has been significantly more active, now able to stand on her own and play with her siblings.
UNICEF supplies ready-to-use therapeutic foods to all health districts in South Sudan, supporting families and children like Amira in times of crisis. In 2019 alone UNICEF has treated more than 22,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition
For children who are severely malnourished, this Inspired Gift isn’t just a necessity, it’s life-saving.