About the project


In addition to the treatment of acute illnesses, it is always important to us to strengthen prevention and to tackle health problems at the root. For this reason, we have set up a community healthcare project in the vicinity of St. Walburg's Hospital in Tanzania. A staff member has been employed at the hospital for this purpose. She is exclusively concerned with strengthening the health of the families in Nyangao.

At the beginning of 2021, a project was launched that specifically addresses the issue of child malnutrition in the region. The primary goal is to work with local doctors and in cooperation with the communities to develop and implement a comprehensive concept to combat child malnutrition.

Project development and training for the population


From the paediatric clinic attached to the hospital we know that there are always cases of severely malnourished and developmentally delayed children. In the first phase of the project, the goal is to develop a good data basis. These data represent important information about the nutritional situation in the region and, moreover, they provide initial indications as to what the exact reasons for malnutrition among the children might be.

In addition, the hygienic and family situation of the affected families is assessed and it is recorded how long the mothers breastfeed their children and to what extent older children are given nutritious food.

In addition to recording the data, however, initial measures are already being taken to improve the nutritional situation. Here, the focus is on the educational work of St. Walburg`s Hospital to make the population understand which foods help to ensure a balanced diet.

In addition, contacts were made with various decision-makers in the municipalities in order to give this issue more urgency.


First successes of the healthcare project


Fortunately, some children have already received concrete help. They have been able to make up for their deficits by receiving special food in the hospital, and at the same time their parents are being trained in the basics of healthy nutrition. Munifu, for example, was born with 3,000 g but did not gain weight in her first months of life. At five months, she came to St. Walburg's Hospital, where she quickly gained weight.

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