Severe undernutrition

Date of birth

June 5th, 2019

Start of care

January 2021

Medical history


His story

When we first met Mawuli, at 1 year and 8 months old, he weighed 7 kg. His father died a year before and his mother now lives with her aunt, who has two children herself. The aunt, who used to work at the market, had an accident a few years ago and is no longer able to work. Mawuli’s mother is now taking care of her son, her aunt and her two children. But she is struggling to find work. To feed her family, she has been knocking on houses’ doors to offer her services (cleaning and manual work). She earns between 200 and 500 CFA francs a day (between €0.30 and €0.75). Mawuli suffers from an important psychomotor deficit. He doesn’t hold his head on his own, he is not able to sit up, and he doesn’t walk. This is due to his state of severe undernutrition. However, this can be reversible with proper health care adapted to his needs. In order to support Mawuli and his family, we have decided to finance a monthly food supply, and we are helping his mother set up her own business. The goal is for her to become self-sufficient in providing for her family.

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Project and main actions

  • Fund a monthly food supply for the family until they can be independent.

  • Help Mawuli’s mother to start a business by financing the initial supplies.


July 31st, 2021

Mawuli was suffering from severe malaria, which is now treated. He has put on some weight, but is still undernourished. The pale color of his conjunctiva revealed anemia, for which we gave him the necessary treatment.⁠

July 1st, 2021

Mawuli came to the center with a bright smile. He weighs 8.03 kg and has gained 250 g since the last weigh-in. He is now out of his state of moderate undernutrition.

June 2nd, 2021

Since the beginning of his care, Mawuli’s weight has varied between 7 kg and 8 kg. He is struggling to gain weight. Currently, he weighs 7.62 kg and just turned 2 this week. We gave him Ready-to-use therapeutic foods.

May 22nd, 2021

Mawuli was sick, with symptoms of gastroenteritis. He lost 900 g in 10 days. We gave him the necessary treatments. His mom was suffering from malaria, for which we gave her an injection of arthemeter, as well as an antianemic treatment and paracetamol. She also had abscesses all over her body which we have treated.

May 12th, 2021

We visited Mawuli and her mom, and we were pleased to see that her tomato selling business is doing well!

May 8th, 2021

Mawuli is doing well. We have helped his mom finance a small business (resale of tomatoes and peppers). We will visit them soon to see how the business is going. We also financed a “stroller” to be made by a woodworker. At almost two years old, Mawuli is still not walking. The stroller will help him to develop his motricity. Mawuli currently weighs 7.93 kg and is still in a state of undernutrition.

April 8th, 2021

Mawuli is starting to stand up. He is doing well and is very cheerful! His mom told us that she was unable to continue her business because she had to stay with her grandmother who is ill. When her health improves, she wants to continue her business, and she plans to leave her aunt’s house to live with her two children. We told her that we will support her with this project.

March 30th, 2021

Weight: 8 kg

Mawuli suffered from hyperthermia and a cough. He had a fever of 38.5°. We gave him the necessary treatments and reminded his mom that it is important for him to sleep under a mosquito net. Mawuli can now sit up on his own, and he is becoming more and more energetic.



March 25th, 2021

Weight: 7.95 kg

Mawuli has gained 100 g and now weighs 7.95 kg. He is in great shape and is starting to walk on all fours! He will be getting his booster vaccines soon, and we will see him again in two weeks.


March 3rd, 2021

Weight: 7.8 kg

Mawuli is doing very well and has gained more than 300 g since the last consultation. The business we financed for his mom is doing very well, and we did not need to bring them any food supplies this month.


February 24th, 2021

Weight: 7.47 kg

Mawuli weighs 7.47 kg and has not gained any weight since the last weighing. However, his mom tells us that he eats very well. We helped her with her small local food business and financed the first supplies. We will now observe how she runs her business and support her if necessary.

February 10th, 2021

Weight: 7.43 kg

Mawuli came to his weekly appointment. His health has improved significantly, and he is still under treatment. He has taken 400 g since the last weighing 10 days ago!


February 4th, 2021

Mawuli arrived at the center in an emergency. He showed signs of severe respiratory distress, a cough resembling bronchiolitis, he was vomiting, and had a temperature of 40 degrees. He was semi-conscious. We took him urgently to the hospital of Tsévié. He was quickly admitted to the intensive care unit for lack of oxygen (70% saturation instead of 100%), and was put under oxygen glasses and perfusion. Once under oxygen, he recovered quickly. He seems to have had bronchitis or pneumopathy which, with his state of undernutrition, quickly degenerated. He was out the next day and was feeling much better. We financed his hospital stay and the prescribed treatments (antibiotics, paracetamol and anti-tussives).

February 1st, 2021

We visited Mawuli and donated the first food supply to the family. We also got to discuss the business that we want to help them set up. The family was very thankful for the food supply. We will see them again on Thursday during the next checkup at the polyclinic.

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