MALNUTRITION

ANGOLA & THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

We administer therapeutic milk to babies in two African countries with severe acute malnutrition who are at risk of starvation.

WHY THESE COUNTRIES?

Few countries have endured as much turmoil as Angola. Forty years of almost continuous civil war has created devastating effects including a lack of infrastructure, government services, and access to clean water and food. Malnutrition is an underlying cause in most deaths—thousands of babies die needless deaths each year.

Angola was dubbed by the NY Times as “the world’s deadliest country for kids.” For more information, please read:
Deadliest Country For Kids.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen years of warfare and disease that have lead to the displacement of millions. The UN has declared it a “crisis of the highest level of emergency.” As a result of this displacement, nearly half a million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition. With over 100 active militias, it is very difficult for humanitarian aid to get to these little ones, so we have partners in-country who develop therapeutic milk from locally farmed ingredients.

HOW DOES SAVING MOSES HELP MALNUTRITION?

Saving Moses provides therapeutic milk to six clinics in the Benguela province of Angola. This milk is vitamin-rich and is fortified to give a baby with severe malnutrition the nutrients he or she needs to survive. Mothers are referred to our clinics and often need to stay between 4-6 weeks before their baby is healthy enough to be discharged.

WHAT ARE THE SUCCESS RATES OF THE PROGRAM?

The survival rate of the babies who complete the full program is 86%. Knowing this, Saving Moses also started feeding mothers in 2015 to encourage them to stay for the entire duration of the program.

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