Treatment of undernutrition

Date of birth

December 28th, 2019

Start of care

April 2020

Medical history

Generalized mycosis

Her story

Our little Ami was born with a birth weight of 2 kg. Her intrauterine growth delay was caused by alcohol during pregnancy. Her mom did not have enough breast milk, so she supplemented with porridge. This was not at all suited to her nutritional needs. In addition, due to lack of hygiene care, Ami was covered with fungus when we met her for the first time. We decided to support her through medical care at the center and a weekly donation of artificial milk.

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Project and main actions

  • Weekly purchase of artificial milk.
  • Financing of antimycotic treatments for Ami and her mother, as the infection is highly contagious.


August 8th, 2022

Ami is doing great! She is very active and shows us her beautiful smile at every visit!

June 19th, 2022

We visited our little Ami, whom we had treated for undernutrition in April 2020. She also came for a consultation at the center. She is now 2 and a half years old and is doing very well! She walks perfectly and eats everything! ⁠

August 20th, 2021

We had to hospitalize Ami in emergency at the hospital of Tsévié for a bronchiolitis. She was suffering from a severe asthma attack, labored breathing, asthenia and drowsiness. She was treated with a nebulizer and antibiotics. She is now doing much better. She recovered quickly thanks to the early treatment.⁠

August 10th, 2021

Our little Ami poses for the picture! As usual, she came to the center very cheerful and energetic. We are confident that she will be walking very soon!⁠

July 31st, 2021

Weight: 6.86 kg

Ami is doing very well! She has gained about 140 g since her last visit. She is now sitting up well and starting to stand up. She scampers around on all fours and is getting more and more playful!

July 1st, 2021

Weight: 6.72 kg

Ami received her monthly food supply. She is doing very well!

June 12th, 2021

Weight: 6.34 kg

Ami suffered from an episode of bronchiolitis for which we financed the necessary treatments (aerosol and nebulization at the hospital). She is now doing much better.

May 6th, 2021

Weight: 6.2 kg

Ami’s weight remains stable. At 16 months, she weighs only 6.2 kg and is still undernourished. Given this situation, we have made the decision to provide a monthly food supply. We will be increasing the frequency of home visits to assess her meal intake at home.

April 22nd, 2021

Weight: 6.15 kg

We saw Ami, who finally weighs over 6 kg! We are very happy with her progress. Ami has been receiving Ready-to-use therapeutic foods for a few weeks now. We also talked to her mom and insisted on the content of her diet, which must be rich in protein. 

April 12th, 2021

Weight: 5.98 kg

Ami has gained little weight since her last visit, despite our food supplies. We gave her new Ready-to-use therapeutic foods as well as a box of baby cereals. Ami weighs 5.98 kg at one year and four months old.

April 1st, 2021

Weight: 5.85 kg

Ami weighs 5.85 kg and has only gained 50 g in one week. Our midwife Brigitte gave us new packs of Ready-to-use therapeutic foods, which we continue to give Ami every week.

March 25th, 2021

Weight: 5.79 kg

Ami is in good health, and she now eats a variety of foods. However, she is still struggling to gain weight. We are now giving her Ready-to-use Therapeutic Foods, provided by UNICEF, as well as baby cereals to enrich her diet. We will see her again next week for the next consultation.


March 11th, 2021

Weight: 5.85 kg

Ami was at the center and gained 100 g since last week. She is slowly gaining weight again. We gave her a box of cereals to enrich her meals. We are also going to give her Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods every week. These are nutritional bars provided by UNICEF containing an enriched paste adapted to severe malnutrition.

March 4th, 2021

Weight: 5.74 kg

Ami was at the center with her mom and has lost 260 g since her last visit last week. Her mom explained to us that she is having trouble eating because her teeth are starting to grow. We gave her a box of baby cereals, and we will see her again next week.

February 18th, 2021

Weight: 6 kg

Ami now weighs 6 kg at 14 months, and has gained 200 g in one week. We gave her mom a box of baby cereals, and we hope that Ami will continue to gain weight. 

January 30th, 2021

Current situation

Ami hasn’t gained weight since the last weigh-in. Unfortunately, communication with her mom is still complicated. We continuously discuss the importance of eating age-appropriate food. However, she told us this week that Ami currently only drinks milk and porridge and does not eat other foods.

Ongoing support

As Ami is now old enough to eat a variety of foods, we gave her one last box of milk this week. Since artificial milk is no longer necessary, the family can now afford to provide for her nutritional needs. We asked her mom to buy her the necessary food, and we will make a home visit next week to make sure that our advice has been followed. 

January 23rd, 2021

Weight: 5.80 kg

Ami now weighs 5.80 kg. She has gained 200 g in one week. She is currently taking Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods, and we hope that this, in addition to the artificial milk we give her, will allow her to continue this weight gain!

January 16th, 2021

Weight: 5.63 kg

Ami is still not gaining weight, despite all our efforts with her mother and the recent donation of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods. At more than a year old, she weighs 5.63 kg. We are waiting for the next consultation at the polyclinic next week to evaluate her situation with our midwife.

January 8th, 2021

Weight: 5.7 kg

For the past few weeks, our little Ami has been losing weight. This is concerning as she is still in a state of severe undernutrition. We have asked her mother to take Ami urgently to the polyclinic, so that our support midwife could consult her further. She explained to her mother the importance of a diversified diet in addition to artificial milk, as Ami is already more than one year old. She also prescribed her RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods) in addition to the milk we give her. To ensure an even more intensive supervision, Ami will be going, as usual, to the center every week, as well as to the polyclinic.

January 2nd, 2021

Weight: 5.52 kg

Ami has lost another 100 g. Her mother told us that she still suffers from diarrhea whenever she eats. We gave her a box of 2nd age milk, in order to test a more nutritive milk. We insisted again with her mother on the importance of regular check-ups at the center, and on the severity of her daughter’s condition. Unfortunately, communication has been complicated due to her addiction.

We are also going to evaluate, with our midwife Brigitte, the possibility of giving her RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods), given her weight loss.

December 24th, 2020

Weight: 5.64 kg

Ami had a fever (38.5°C), which we treated with an antipyretic. She has lost 200 g since her last weigh-in, which concerns us. We have scheduled a new appointment with her mother who unfortunately, because of her addiction, is not always able to properly care for her daughter.

December 18th, 2020

Weight: 5.8 kg

Ami was doing well this week. She has however lost a little weight (120 g since last week). As usual, we gave a box of milk to her mom. Ami loves to be on her feet, and it is with pride that she shows us her progress every week! 

December 11th, 2020

Weight: 5.92 kg

Ami is doing well and has gained 320 g since the last weighing, thanks to the artificial milk. She now weighs 5.92 kg and her health is very encouraging. We gave her a new box of milk and we will see her again next week.

December 6th, 2020

Weight: 5.6 kg

Ami was at the center today with her mom. She is doing well and has gained 300 g in two weeks. Like every week, we gave her mom a can of artificial milk, and had the pleasure of playing with Ami, who is now standing up straight!

November 22nd, 2020

Weight:  5.3 kg

Unfortunately, Ami has lost 200 g since last week. We are doing our best to educate her mom about the use of artificial milk. However, she suffers from mental problems due to her alcoholism. She is not always attentive, and Ami suffers the consequences. In fact, the mom did not come to the center when she ran out of milk, and she gave Ami porridge. Ami later suffered from diarrhea and lost weight. We are currently looking for family members to help with this difficult situation. In spite of everything, Ami was cheerful and played a lot with the other children. We even saw her walking on all fours for the first time!

November 13th, 2020

Weight: 5.5 kg

At the beginning of the week, Ami had a fever and was vomiting. We did a RDT (Malaria rapid diagnostic test) which was positive. Ami could not stand the fever, she was not able to eat because of the vomiting and she was exhausted. We gave her the injections for malaria, an antipyretic for the fever and an antiemetic for the vomiting. Three days after the symptoms began, Ami is already doing much better! She smiled, played with little Christ and was almost crawling on all fours!

November 1st, 2020

Weight: 5.45 kg

Ami has lost 250 g since last week. She coughs a lot and often has a fever. During the clinical examination, we observed a greasy cough with slight dyspnea. We gave her an antibiotic syrup and artificial milk. Due to this alarming weight loss, we went to their home to assess how the mom prepares the milk. She was putting too much water compared to the amount of milk and this could explain her weight loss. We bought her a nursing bottle, so she can easily measure the quantities, and we showed her the procedure again. We will reassess her weight next week.

October 25th, 2020

Weight: 5.7 kg

Ami was at the center on October 15th and 22nd. She gained 300 g in two weeks and now weighs 5.7 kg at the age of 10 months. We gave her a can of artificial milk at each of her weekly visits. Little Ami was sick, with a cough but no fever. We suspected bronchitis and prescribed her an antibiotic and cough syrup. At her last visit on October 22nd, her bronchitis was over and she was in great shape. She eats well at home with porridge, “la pâte” (local food) and her artificial milk!

October 8th, 2020

Weight: 5.4kg

Ami is doing well! She continues to gain weight thanks to artificial milk and porridge. We have offered her a can of artificial milk again, and we will be seeing her again next week. 

August 16th, 2020

Weight: 4.6 kg

Ami weighs 4.6 kg at 8 months (gain of 100 g in one week). Because of her intrauterine growth delay, it is taking a long time for her gain her ideal weight in relation to her age. However, she is no longer losing weight, which is very encouraging. We have trained her mom on how to prepare the porridge. Since the beginning of the treatment, she has been developing her psychomotor skills very well. She holds her head, she can now sit by herself and her first tooth is finally growing!

July 29th, 2020

Weight: 4.5 kg

Weight gain for Ami remains slow. We continue to give her artificial milk and have prescribed her vitamin supplements.

June 24th, 2020

Weight: 4.1 kg

Ami currently weighs 4.1 kg. She gained 200 g in 8 days. Her mother being an alcoholic, Ami is now weaned from her mother’s milk. She is now fed with artificial milk and porridge.

June 10th, 2020

Weight: 3.9 kg

Ami has gained weight thanks to artificial milk. Brigitte continues to educate her mother about the preparation and use of artificial milk, as she is still in a precarious situation.

Contact us

70A Impasse de l’Amiradou
83190 Ollioules, France

+33 6 61 73 08 64

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