In Somalia, Shiindha was worried when her three-year-old son, Abdihakim, became sick and hadn’t improve after two months. He had previously received treatment at a nearby clinic, which provided short-term relief for his pain but didn’t improve his overall health.

One day a community worker from a PWS&D-supported nutrition project visited Abdihakim’s village. Upon meeting him, they decided to screen Abdihakim for malnutrition. After the assessment, the three-year-old was identified as moderately malnourished.

Three-year-old Abdihakim taking his daily Plumpy’Sup supplement.

Abdihakim was admitted to the nutrition program right away and underwent bi-weekly treatment and was provided with Plumpy’Sup supplementation—a therapeutic food supplement intended to prevent and treat malnutrition. Gradually, Abdihakim improved, “He really started becoming healthier after two weeks of treatment,” shared his mother, Shiindha.

Nutrition staff from the clinic also equipped Shiindha with advice on how to diversify her family’s diet and how good hygiene practices can help prevent further malnutrition.

After a month and a half, Abdihakim made a full recovery and was able to return home and reunite with his family.

Addressing Malnutrition

Nutrition staff conduct an at-home follow-up visit with Abdihakim’s mother.

In Somalia, approximately 839,000 children under the age of five are likely to be acutely malnourished. The lack of inconsistent rainfall, flooding, desert locust infestation, the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 and conflict have all contributed to the country’s food insecurity situation.

To respond to this overwhelming need, PWS&D, through Canadian Foodgrains Bank, working with a local partner, Trocaire, supported the treatment of 6,342 children and pregnant and lactating women suffering from moderate and acute malnutrition.

Speaking of how thankful she is for the program, Shiindha, Abdihakim’s mother commented, “I appreciate Trocaire for providing us with such valuable support and am forever grateful for the existence of such services to help our children.”