stories

Oct 25 2018

Reflections from the Medical Director

Here is what I’ve learned in my 5 months in the fight against child malnutrition in Haiti: Malnutrition - to many in the outside world malnutrition is pictured as severe muscle wasting and swollen bellies. However, there are other significant signs of malnutrition and sometimes there aren’t noticeable weight loss, yet there are subtle signs such as the colour and texture of a person’s hair, skin appearance, swelling in the body! The 2 types of ...
Jul 12 2018

The Importance of Counselling

Phedeline is one of our nurses, and she has worked with us for two years - almost since the very beginning. We will never be fully able to express the gratitude we have for Phedeline and the excellent care she provides for the children and families in our programs. She has proven over and over again her capabilities and compassion when it comes to providing medical care. We recently sat down with Phedeline and asked ...
Jul 11 2018

Nonley & Cilien

Nonley was admitted into the recovery center on September 13th 2016, when he was 18 months old. He was suffering from Kwashiorkor (swelling) malnutrition. On admission he was 26lbs 2oz, but once he lost his water weight from swelling, he weighed just 21lbs. When he first arrived, Nonley had to have a feeding tube because he had no appetite and refused to eat. After a few days Nonley finally began eating on his own again, ...
Jun 27 2018

Mama Joulita

When Joulita was referred to us by another clinic in January 2017, she had already been treated for malnutrition twice. She was 2.5 years old and weighed 12lbs 5oz. Her first several days were touch and go, as she was a very sick little girl, but she finally turned a corner! On July 18th 2017, Joulita was discharged to go home with her family weighing almost 18lbs! After Joulita went home, her mother came back ...
Jun 13 2018

A Mother’s Dedication

Tiny baby Wilson was brought to the Middle Ground center in August 2017. At one month old, he weighed 7lbs 2oz. His mom, Gladice, was struggling to breastfeed Wilson, and so he wasn’t gaining any weight. Gladice wanted us to give her formula for Wilson, but we felt confident that with a little education and assistance, she would be able to successfully feed her son with breastmilk. Our staff spent one-on-one time with Gladice everyday ...