Three-year-old Nilo lives on the coast of the Philippines with his parents and five siblings. They live in a small house made out of bamboo and nipa, a type of fern. His father is a fisherman. Nilo is a friendly child, and he loves to play with his toy car with other children.
Nilo has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. He began $184 malnutrition treatment on October 18, 2016.
Nilo is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases.
ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening.