The story of Mimi
A little girl we helped save from malnutrition
Mimi, is 6 years old, was breastfed by her mother until she was 4 months old but subsequently no longer drank animal milk, the one richest in proteins. She has always been fed a porridge made of bananas and cauliflower. Mimi developed chronic malnutrition which, a few months ago, worsened, causing swelling all over her body, diarrhea, nausea and skin infection.
At the hospital the parents discovered that Mimi needed special care and that in that hospital Save the Children had created a specific therapeutic unit on nutrition (the stabilization centre). Managed by adequately trained healthcare workers, Mimi was immediately subjected to a specific treatment, characterized by 3 phases.
During the first phase, which serves to strengthen the child in an extremely weak condition, Mimi was fed 8 times a day with highly nutritious therapeutic milk combined with antibiotic injections.
In phase 2, which begins once the children have reached a weight considered out of danger, Mimi was administered a second powder solution for 4 days to stabilize and guarantee her development in the medium and long term.
After 13 days the third phase began: Mimi followed a diet based on Pumply’nut, an enhanced peanut butter bar, distributed in the health facility closest to her village.
This allowed the little girl to return to her home, where, after 21 days, she started playing and laughing again.