When the Issak family arrived at the Jazira IDP camp, they were all suffering badly from malnutrition.
Abdi, who was just 11 months old, was the most affected and he was identified by Trócaire staff as being severely malnourished. He was immediately referred to Akara Health center in Luuq district and was enrolled in the Outpatient Therapeutic Program with a weight of just 6.3kg.
For four weeks, Abdi received treatment for malnutrition where he made tremendous improvement and gained weight. He was transferred to the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme to continue with treatment until he continued to gain more weight.
“I feel so much better and calmer now that he is better than before,” Gabey said.
After his treatment, Abdi continued to receive plumpy nut rations and the family were given counselling during weekly visits by Trócaire staff. Gabey is now encouraging other mothers to visit nutrition outpatient sites and screen their children as well.
With support from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Kindermission Werk, Trócaire has provided treatment for almost 5,000 children who are suffering from malnutrition in Somalia. This year, Trócaire’s Gifts of Love collection includes a new gift – a Family Food Basket (€35) to help families like Abdi’s. The Family Food Basket provides basic food essentials and high nutrient food for malnourished children facing catastrophic hunger in the Horn of Africa due to the ongoing drought.
Paul Healy, Trócaire’s Country Director in Somalia, said that this Christmas families in Somalia need the support of the Irish public more than ever.