*Wanjiku, is 13 months old (10months on admission) and is the youngest of the six children born to *Waithera. Her mother is a casual labourer earning Ksh 250 ($2.50) per day, enough only for the family to afford a very limited diet. “I could not breastfeed *Wanjiku exclusively because of my heavy domestic workload and my poor health resulting from the repeated pregnancies”, says her mother. Like her siblings, *Wanjiku was born at home without a skilled birth attendant and her vaccination history was incomplete before joining the malnourished program. She never received any vitamin-A supplementation. With partial breastfeeding from her mother, she barely received any food other than thin porridge fed from not- always – clean bottles which led to frequent bouts of diarrhoea.

She was identified as moderately acute malnourished, by the Macheo’s community health workers during the active screening campaign. *Wanjiku was registered as moderately acute malnourished and was provided with the locally produced supplementary food. She stayed for six months in the programme and responded well to the therapy, quickly regaining her right nutrition status.

During the visits at the Kiandutu Outreach Centre (KOP), her mother has been thoroughly counseled by Macheo’s health workers on the essentials of breastfeeding a child and appropriate weaning techniques, using available local foods, maintaining hygiene and proper utilization of the nutritional supplies. She was also counseled on the value of proper birth spacing, which could give her breathing space and regain optimal health before becoming pregnant.
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