Mom and her poster child for child weighings


When we first met, I thought this beautiful Fulani mother's young child would die of malnutrition. He was so severely underweight and malnourished that his weight was similar to children a full year younger than he. The health volunteers and I biked to her farm community every month during the dry season to hang a Salter scale from the branch of a tree and weigh all the children. We counseled this mom on enriched porridge, organized a demonstration to prepare the porridge with the farm women, and welcomed her month after month at the weighing sessions. Impressive for a mom who never stepped foot in school. But she "got it". After several months her son started gaining weight so visibly that he became our poster child for child weighings and infant growth monitoring 



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