The January 2018 Medical Team is at the clinic treating patients for the next two weeks, and we are receiving stories and pictures throughout the day back in the U.S. as they work hard to bring healthcare and hope to the Haitian people.
Our Medika Mamba Program at work
Today, we heard from long-time volunteer Carol Miller about her work to get malnourished children on our Medika Mamba program. Medika Mamba, sometimes called peanut butter medicine, is considered the “gold standard” for treating malnutrition by the World Health Organization. Children who enter treatment severely undernourished and underweight show great improvement in just six weeks.
Carol says: “Some of the children that came to the clinic today we put on the Medika Mamba program. The children love the peanut butter medicine to a point of feeding it to themselves. Some of the children were abandoned and people who were not their relatives had brought them in and were trying to care for them. It was heartbreaking to see children that had been left behind, but I am grateful that we are able to help. Every child is precious.”
Helping sicks kids in Haiti
We are grateful for the medical and non-medical team members just like Carol Miller that have taken time away from their own families to treat Haitian patients at the FOTCOH clinic in Cyvadier. Without our volunteers, and our life-saving programs such as the Medika Mamba program, we would not be able to help malnourished children in Haiti.
It is not just children that have been abandoned that are at risk of not having enough food to eat to grow and stay healthy from a young age in Haiti. Many times, families in Haiti are not able to feed their children because they live in extreme poverty. Haiti is a country where there are few options for work, and many Haitians live on less than $2 dollars a day.
Every year, FOTCOH enrolls dozens of children in the Medika Mamba program and closely monitors them until they gain enough weight to be healthy. Thanks to all of our amazing donors that make the Medika Mamba program possible!
How can I support FOTCOH’s Medika Mamba Program?
You can support FOTCOH’s Medika Mamba Program in a few different ways. Make a donation through our website, call our office at 815-310-5872 to make a donation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a check to our office at: FOTCOH, P.O. BOX 789, Peoria, Illinois 61652.