Michelle Marrion reports on an initiative that is helping severely malnourished Haitian children thrive. UNICEF is providing a nutritional supplement called Bebe Vanyan [Mighty Baby], a powder that can increase children’s chances of survival, especially during the first two years of life.
[. . .] In Haiti, 22 per cent of children aged 6 to 59 months experience chronic malnutrition. The rate of underweight is significantly higher in Haiti’s poorest areas – such as Palmis, the rural village outside of the southern city of Jeremie where Ms. Firdemont and Sendy live. In rural, isolated areas, families have often not been taught about nutrition, and base their eating on cultural practice. “I’ve seen people sell or trade their eggs for cheese doodles because they think imported foods must be healthier,” says Casimir Alfred, Programme Coordinator from UNICEF’s partner on the ground Haitian Health Foundation.
In addition, the majority of families struggle…
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