Treatment of undernutrition

Date of birth

April 24th, 2021

Start of care

September 2021

Medical history

Her mom suffers from a chronic pathology

Her story

During the first consultation, at the age of five months, Djodjina weighed 1.8 kg. In addition to severe undernutrition, she suffered from generalized mycosis. Since birth, her mom had very little breast milk and started giving her porridge during her first days of life, which is very dangerous. We received her in emergency and explained to her how to prepare and administer artificial milk, which we are now giving her every week. She lives alone with Djodjina and two other children. Djodjina is her seventh child. The dad left during the pregnancy, and they have not heard from him since. The mom was a farmer, but had to stop her activity after the last pregnancy. We have supported them through medical care at the center and the donation of artificial milk. We also helped Djodjina’s mom with the start of a new business so that she can provide for her family.

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Project and main actions

  • Donations of artificial milk every week.
  • Consultation at the center to monitor weight gain.
  • Support in the launch of a business.


July 22nd, 2022

Djodjina, whom we had treated for extreme undernutrition (1.8 kg at five months), is now doing wonderfully! At 14 months, she is starting to walk on all fours, in a rather unique way!

May 29th, 2022

Djodjina, who was suffering from an infection and anemia, is doing much better. She showed us her two little teeth this week! She continues to be fed with porridge and artificial milk, which we provide every week.⁠

May 18th, 2022

Our little Djodjina was sick last week (fever of 38,9°, refusal to eat, mucous stools and fatigue). Upon examination, we found that she was also suffering from oral mycosis. We carried out blood tests at the hospital which showed an infection and anemia, which can be explained by the severe undernutrition she presented when we first met her. We gave her the adapted treatment and her weekly donation of artificial milk. We will see her again soon at the center this week. ⁠

April 5th, 2022

Djodjina is starting to stand up! Unfortunately, her mom’s business we helped to finance did not work out. She had to take care of her daughter-in-law’s medical care, which compromised her savings and her business. We are going to study the possibilities in order to help them provide for their needs.⁠

March 7th, 2022

Djodjina continues her beautiful weight gain. We have decreased the amounts of formula, as her mom now combines it with enriched porridge. She is now walking on all fours!

February 13th, 2022

Djodjina is doing great! We discussed with her mom about her diet. In fact, to our great joy, Djodjina has been gaining weight rapidly over the past few weeks. We gave her some dietary suggestions in order to ensure that the weight gain is balanced. ⁠

January 17th, 2022

Djodjina is doing great! At almost 9 months old, she weighs 5.10 kg and has gained 300 g in the last week. We continue to give her artificial milk every week, and she is now eating the porridge prepared by her mom.⁠

December 29th, 2021

Our little Djodjina continues to gain weight every week thanks to the donations of artificial milk. We visited her at her home, and she is doing great! ⁠

December 17th, 2021

Djodjina continues her beautiful transformation! At almost 8 months old, she weighs 4.56 kg and is doing great.⁠ 

December 9th, 2021

This week, we helped Djodjina’s mom with the launch of her business. ⁠She is now selling condiments (tomatoes, onions, etc.). We funded the first supplies to the amount of 50,000 CFA francs (about €76).⁠ We wish her a lot of success as she begins this new activity!⁠

November 22nd, 2021

Djodjina is getting closer to 3 kg, with a current weight of 2.92 kg at 6 months.

November 8th, 2021

Djodjina is getting stronger! Since her release from the hospital, she is gaining weight every week. At 6 months old, she weighs 2.83 kg. We continue to see her at the center and give her artificial milk every week.⁠

October 25th, 2021

Our little Djodjina is out of intensive care and doing great! She was hospitalized at the Hospital of Tsévié due to extreme undernutrition (1.7 kg at 5 months). She was put on a nasogastric tube through which she was administered artificial milk. After one week, she weighed 2.4 kg and was no longer in danger. Since her release from the hospital, we have been receiving her twice a week at the Graines d’Espoir center to monitor her weight, and give her artificial milk. She continues to gain weight and is getting better every day.

October 14th, 2021

Djodjina gave us a big scare. Last week, as she was losing weight (1.7 kg at 5 months), we brought her to the hospital in emergency. She was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Hospital of Tsévié, where she was put on a nasogastric tube. After 5 days of hospitalization, she is already doing better and her life is no longer in danger. She is bottle-feeding in addition to her nasogastric tube and now weighs 2.13 kg. Her older brothers and sisters are currently staying at our care center, as the mom doesn’t have anyone to take them in during the hospitalization.⁠

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83190 Ollioules, France

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