Akouvi

Extreme undernutrition

Date of birth

November 17th, 2019

Start of care

September 2020

Medical history

Extreme undernutrition 

Her story

We met Akouvi at her home during a vaccination visit. She was abandoned by her mother just a few months after birth, and as a result no longer has access to breast milk. Akouvi now suffers from extreme undernutrition. When we first met her, at 10 months old, we weighed 2.9 kg. Her dad, grandmother and aunt are now looking after her. However, the dad is unemployed and the family has very limited income.

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    Project and main actions

    • Weekly donation of artificial milk.
    • Preventive antifungal treatment (Flucazol).

    Updates 

    May 4th, 2021

    Weight: 6.77 kg


    Akouvi was suffering from malaria, with a fever of 39ºC. We gave her the necessary treatments (injection and oral treatment). She also had an abscess on her skull, for which we gave her fucidine. Akouvi is currently gaining very little weight and weighs 6.77 kg at almost 18 months. We continue to give her a box of milk every week, in addition to the meals she eats at home.

    April 20th, 2021

    Weight: 6.7 kg


    Akouvi came to the center very cheerful and proud to show us her little teeth 😍 She is making good progress with her motricity and is now standing up without support! We are looking forward to her first steps. She weighs 6.7 kg at one year and five months and has gained another 100 g in the last week.

    April 14th, 2021

    Weight: 6.6 kg


    Akouvi is doing very well and is starting to stand up. She has gained 200 g since her last visit and now weighs 6.6 kg at one year and five months. We have given her a new box of artificial milk.

     

     

    April 10th, 2021

    Weight: 6.4 kg


    Akouvi is doing well and continues her weight gain. We are happy to see that she is now standing up. We have asked the family to encourage Akouvi to start walking so that she can catch up on her psychomotor deficit caused by her state of undernutrition.

     

     

    April 1st, 2021

    Weight: 6.2 kg


    Akouvi has lost 200 g since last week, due to severe diarrhea. We provided her with the necessary treatment (deworming and antifungus medication) as well as a box of artificial milk.

     

     

    March 24th, 2021

    Weight: 6.4 kg


    Akouvi gained 100 g in one week, and she now weighs 6.4 kg at 17 months of age. We continue to give her artificial milk, in supplement to a normal diet at home.

     

     

    March 16th, 2021

    Weight: 6.33 kg


    Akouvi weighs 6.33 kg at 16 months old. She has not yet recovered from her state of undernutrition, but she continues to gain weight every week. We gave her a new box of artificial milk.

     

     

    March 9th, 2021

    Weight: 6.2 kg


    Akouvi was at the center for her weekly check up. She has gained 200 g and now weighs 6.2 kg at 15 months. We gave her a box of 2nd age milk.

     

    February 23rd, 2021

    Weight: 6 kg


    Akouvi was suffering from diarrhea this week, probably due to teething. She was prescribed medication and we gave her a new box of artificial milk. She now weighs 6 kg at 1 year and 3 months old.

    February 13th, 2021

    Weight: 6.14 kg


    Akouvi is doing very well. We spoke with her grandmother who tells us that Akouvi is starting to eat rice, la pâte (a Togolese dish), beans, and nutritious porridge. We are happy to learn that she is now moving on all fours. We gave her a box of 2nd age milk. Her weight is stable, at around 6.2 kg. She is still in a state of undernutrition, but we are confident that she will continue to gain weight.

     

    February 2nd, 2021

    Weight: 6 kg


    Akouvi has gained another 200 g in the last week and is doing very well. We gave her a box of 2nd age milk.

    January 26th, 2021

    Weight: 5.54 kg


    Akouvi weighs 5.8 kg. She has gained 260 g in one week, and she is doing very well. We gave her a new box of artificial milk.

    January 20th, 2021

    Weight: 5.54 kg


    Akouvi weighs 5.54 kg and has therefore gained 240 g in one week! She is doing very well and continues to make a lot of progress in her psychomotor skills.

    January 12th, 2021

    Weight: 5.3 kg


    Akouvi is doing much better and has gained 200 g in one week! To our great joy, she now weighs 5.3 kg. We gave her a box of 2nd age milk. She is now cured of malaria, which we treated last week.

    January 5th, 2020

    Weight: 5.12 kg


    Akouvi was suffering from malaria this week. She had a fever of 38° and was vomiting. We gave her the required treatment and reminded her grandmother of the importance of using a mosquito net.

    December 29th, 2020

    Weight: 5.20 kg


    Akouvi continues to gain weight: 100 g since last week. From this week on, she will benefit from 2nd age milk, which is now adapted to her weight. Akouvi was as joyful as ever!

    December 22nd, 2020

    Weight: 5.10 kg


    Akouvi is doing really well. At 15 months, she now weighs 5.10 kg. We continue to give her a box of artificial milk every week, and we will see her again very soon to give her and the other children their Christmas presents.

    December 15th, 2020

    Weight: 5 kg


    Akouvi still weighs 5 kg. She has not gained any weight since last week, despite the weekly donation of artificial milk. However, we were happy to see that the treatment for her abscesses was very effective. Indeed, they have all disappeared!

     

    December 8th, 2020

    Weight: 5 kg


    Akouvi continues to gain weight thanks to artificial milk. She has gained 200 g in one week. However, she has new abscesses on her head, which we first treated about a month ago. Abscesses in Togo are unfortunately very frequent because of the bacterial population; staphylococcus and streptococcus in particular. We have prescribed and financed an antibiotic (Astaph), as well as an antibiotic cream (Fucidine), and we will check her abscesses next week.

    November 23rd, 2020

    Weight: 4.7 kg


    Akouvi celebrated her first birthday on November 17th. We did not see her last week because her grandmother was sick. We had given the artificial milk to her uncle, whose wound we treat every two days. This week, she came with her aunt. At the weigh-in, she took 200 g in two weeks. Akouvi was in good shape, and she is now sitting up very well. She smiled a lot, to our great joy!

    November 10th, 2020

    Weight: 4.5 kg


    Akouvi was at the center today, with her aunt. We continue to give her 1st age artificial milk every week. She is doing well. Her abscesses have all disappeared, and she gained 500 g in 10 days! Akouvi now weighs 4.5 kg at almost one year old (she will celebrate her first birthday in a week).

    November 1st, 2020

    Weight: 3.95 kg


    Akouvi gained 350 g in one week thanks to the artificial milk. She now weighs 3.95 kg. However, she suffers from fever and multiple abscesses, including a large one on her skull. We gave her an antibiotic, an antipyretic and a local antiseptic. We also visited her at her home and gave her artificial milk and donated clothes. We will see her again next week for the next consultation.

    October 25th, 2020

    Weight: 3.6 kg


    Akouvi will soon be 1 year old. She came to the center on October 15th with her grandmother. she had fever and severe diarrhea. We suspected a digestive infection and prescribed and financed an antipyretic, an anti-diarrheal and an anti-fungal. She had not gained weight since the last time we saw her, most likely due to the diarrhea. She came back to the center the following week, and she was in good shape, fully recovered. She even gained weight (200 g in one week) and now weighs 3.6 kg. Akouvi receives a weekly donation of artificial milk.

    September 28th, 2020

    Weight: 2.9 kg


    We met Akouvi during a vaccination campaign. At 10 months old, she weighs 2.9 kg and measures 53 cm. Our nurse Richard examined Akouvi at the care center and gave her a box of artificial milk. We also financed an antifungal treatment (Flucazol) as a preventive measure.

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