Our nutrition team sees a lot of severely malnourished children and works hard with health workers at malnutrition clinics to facilitate their recovery. Some cases are especially memorable, such as Lubendo.
Lubendo entered the Medika Mamba program at Fort Bourgeois around age 15 months (his actual birthday is unknown), weighing just 6.5 kg (14.33 lbs) and measuring 73 cm (28.74 inches). As a comparison, an average American baby weighs 9.57-11.11 kg (21.1 – 24.5 lbs) and measures 77.47-80.77 cm (30.5 – 31.8 inches). “I thought he was going to die,” says MFK nutrition fellow Sarah Curley.