A Pea a Day to Keep the Doctor Away
It’s amazing how much power a little nutrition counseling and the right kind of food can have when combined.
For instance, combine black-eyed peas, or cowpeas, with other nutritious foods and training in nutrition, food preparation and disease management and you can drastically improve the health of children and women.
And this is exactly what your generosity has done for close to 120,000 children, women and men in the Kilifi District of Kenya.
Your contributions, together with the matching grant funds from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), have given us the ability to provide much-needed nutritional support, health education and agricultural training to families in 357 villages in Kenya’s Kilifi District.
Since the start of this program just over a year ago, in fact, progress has been phenomenal:
- Community Health Workers and health facility staff are all now trained in Diarrhea Prevention and Management, Pneumonia Prevention and Management, and Malaria Prevention and Management;
- Community Health Workers and peer educators are also now trained to counsel mothers about diarrhea management;
- Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy (to treat diarrhea) has improved noticeably;
- The number of fully immunized children has increased;
- Children under the age of five have been provided with Vitamin A supplementation;
- Shopkeepers are trained to correctly dispense malaria medication;
- And peer educators and pupils from Child-to-Child clubs have engaged caretakers (parents, guardians, etc) in recognizing the danger signs of malaria and pneumonia in children.
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