The UDHS (2011) notes that over 33% of all children in Uganda suffer from chronic malnutrition. This translates to 5.6 million children who have low weight, are stunted or have kwashiorkor. At Nabugabo, stunting is clearly apparent for 1 in every 5 children; malnutrition and diarrhoea amongst children is common. Improved food security, sanitation and clean water supply, in addition to the provision of vitamin A enriched foodstuffs (sweet potatoes, yams, etc.), supported by a focused, ‘reinforced’ health education programme directed by local experts would go a long way towards helping to alleviate this problem.
The HUGE Partnership ensures that weights and measures are recorded on a regular basis so that we can continue to track the children development and identify signs of malnutrition at the earliest stages. Last week the newest pupil at the school was sadly identified with severe malnutrition, a follow up visit to the family home found a younger sibling was also in a very poor condition. Both children are now being treated in a local hospital for severe chronic malnutrition.