Severe undernutrition

Date of birth

December 26th, 2020

Start of care

February 2021

Medical history


Her story

When we first met Grâce, at 5 weeks old, she weighed 2.76 kg. At the examination, we noticed her extreme thinness and apparent dehydration, marked by dry and wrinkled skin, and dull and frizzy hair. In fact, she has trouble breastfeeding properly. To make up for this, her mother has been giving her water and porridge made from crushed cookies. This diet is of course not at all suitable and even dangerous for Grâce. She is now suffering from severe undernutrition. The mother has five other children. The father left when he found out about the last pregnancy and hasn’t been around for months. The mother doesn’t work, but does some occasional jobs to try to feed her family. She therefore has very few financial and human resources to provide for her daughter. Due to a lack of means, Grâce was born at home, without a midwife and without care. The mother did not benefit from a prenatal consultation either. Today, we are supporting Grâce through the donation of artificial milk, and regular check-ups at our center, so that she can come out of her state of undernutrition.

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Project and main actions

  • Weekly donation of artificial milk.
  • Weekly check-ups with the mother to evaluate her breastfeeding.


October 22nd, 2021

Our little Grâce is doing well! She is still in a situation of undernutrition, but she is slowly catching up. This week, her mom started a business of Atchomon crackers, for which we financed the first ingredients. ⁠Grâce’s older sister, Ruth, was suffering from malaria. We treated her and explained to her mom the importance of using mosquito nets.⁠


October 1st, 2021

Grâce has gained 190 g and is as cheerful as ever! She is making great progress with her psychomotor skills.⁠


September 19th, 2021

Grâce, nearly 9 months old, weighs 5.90 kg. She is gaining weight, but remains in a situation of undernutrition. In addition to the donations of artificial milk, we have financed a business for her mom, which has started off really well.⁠


September 11th, 2021

At 8 months old, Grâce now weighs 5.69 kg and is doing well! We decided to support her mom in setting up a business. Since the dad left, she has been struggling to provide for her five children. She chose the option of selling condiments (peppers and onions), which we financed. We also bought a table so that she can display her products in front of her house.⁠


September 5th, 2021

Grâce was sick this week. She was losing weight, was subfebrile, with stools indicative of amoebic dysentery (a very common disease in Togo). We gave her the appropriate medication, but her condition is not alarming.⁠


August 20th, 2021

Grâce weighs 5.74 kg at almost 8 months, which puts her in severe undernutrition. She was very cheerful, but we noticed pale conjunctiva, which is a sign of anemia. We gave her artificial milk, as well as an anti-anemic treatment, as her hemoglobin was very low.⁠


August 15th, 2021

This week, our little Grâce is doing well. She continues to gain weight thanks to the donations of artificial milk. At 7 months, she now weighs 5.67 kg.


July 31st, 2021

Grâce continues to gain weight! We advised her mom on how to prepare the porridge, as she is now old enough to eat a diversified diet. Grâce was suffering this week from bronchitis which we treated.⁠


June 25th, 2021

Grâce is doing well. However, her mom informed us that due to lack of financial means, she has been unable to pay for the schooling of two of her children. For a few days, the director was refusing to let them come to school and take their final exams. Given the family’s financial situation, we decided to finance their school fees.



June 10th, 2021

Weight: 4.66 kg

Grâce suffered from rhinobronchitis, from which she is now recovered. She is doing well and keeps gaining weight every week.



May 3rd, 2021

Weight: 4.5 kg

Grâce had a fever and a cough. We gave her an antibiotic and Doliprane. Grâce gained 100 g in one week and is still making good progress. She now weighs 4.5 kg at 19 weeks. We gave her a new box of artificial milk. 



April 15th, 2021

Weight: 4.3 kg

Grâce has gained 300 g in two weeks and now weighs 4.3 kg. She is doing very well and is as cheerful as ever! We have financed a new box of artificial milk.


March 30th, 2021

Weight: 4 kg

Grâce has gained over 200 g since her last visit to the center two weeks ago. She now weighs 4 kg at 14 weeks. We gave her a new box of artificial milk.


March 22nd, 2021

Weight: 3.79 kg

Grâce continues her beautiful weight evolution – she gained 200 g in 10 days and currently weighs 3.79 kg. We gave her a new box of artificial milk and her mom has started breastfeeding again.


March 8th, 2021

Weight: 3.5 kg

Grâce has gained 100 g and now weighs 3.5 kg at 11 weeks. She continues to do very well since we have been supporting her with artificial milk donations. We gave her a box of 1st age milk as we do every week.


March 4th, 2021

Weight: 3.4 kg

Grâce was at the center earlier this week; she had a fever of 38.5 °C and a cold. We gave her an antipyretic treatment. She came back a few days later, feeling much better. We gave her a new box of artificial milk.

February 22nd, 2021

Weight: 3.2 kg

Grâce and her mom came to the center to collect a box of artificial milk. She gained 200 g in one week and now weighs 3.2 kg at the age of 2 months.

February 13th, 2021

Weight: 2.9 kg

Grâce came with her mom this week. Since we gave her formula to prepare (to replace the initial bottled milk), Grâce has been vomiting. She also had a fever of 38.3 °C. We gave her a treatment for the fever, as well as an antiemetic. After talking to her mom, we believe that the vomiting is due to the fact that she uses running water, and not mineral water to prepare the milk. We then visited Grâce at home to evaluate how the mom prepares the milk. Indeed, since using the mineral water, she has stopped vomiting. At the beginning of the week, Grâce also had abscesses in her skull. We gave her the required treatment, and they have now completely disappeared.

February 4th, 2021

Weight: 2.86 kg

Grâce has been doing very well since we started giving her artificial milk. Brigitte, our midwife, advised her mom to continue breastfeeding. She has already taken 100 g in 3 days!

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