A critical step to survive
A course of ready to use therapeutic peanut paste called PlumpyNut helps health workers like Elizabeth to treat and conquer malnutrition in children like Biel.
“PlumpyNut contains nutrients. It has calcium, folic acid and iron. It has all those nutrients that are needed by the body of the child,” Elizabeth says.
Each sachet is a compact meal in itself, with 500 calories packed with protein, minerals and vitamins. And it can transform a desperately sick child in a matter of weeks.
Plumpy Nut helped Biel get on the road to recovery.
A way to stop the deadly cycle of hunger
But a child’s survival from malnutrition is just the start. In places like South Sudan, with ongoing conflict, extreme weather events and rising global cost of food, hunger is a constant and recurring threat. A hungry child’s immunity is repeatedly under attack, making them vulnerable to illness.
Providing families with cash support is a solution that can help break this deadly cycle of hunger.
After receiving cash support, Aker heads to the local market to buy food for her family.
Aker shares how cash support from Save the Children gives her the power to take care of her family.
“The money is for me and my child and how I use it wholly depends on me. Once we’ve received the money, we can buy milk and a biscuit for our children, and we get our food from it.”
Aker was also able to use part of the cash support to rebuild her family home. She says,“This money is of great help to me. I have used some of it to build my house which was destroyed by flooding.”
A succession of floods has swept away homes and crops, but cash support helps Aker provide for her family.
By using the cash support to purchase goods and services from local shopkeepers and tradespeople, Aker puts money back into the community, stimulating the local economy and helping the whole community get back on the road to recovery.
Help children like Biel survive and thrive
With the rising cost of living, it’s getting to be an even greater stretch for families, and it’s putting the lives of many children like Biel at risk of malnutrition. Hungry children cannot wait.