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Success! Martin from Uganda raised $316 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Martin
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  • $316 raised, $0 to go
$316
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Martin's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2017.

Photo of Martin post-operation

October 20, 2017

Martin underwent malnutrition treatment.

Martin has improved so much after treatment for malnutrition. He is much more responsive and is starting to play again. Importantly, his mother also received counseling during their stay at the hospital. She now knows what kind of nutrition he needs.

“We had to travel a long way to the hospital, but now my son is so much healthier,” says Demitria. “I am so grateful. I will ask God to bless all the donors and the people at the hospital.”

Martin has improved so much after treatment for malnutrition. He is much more responsive and is starting to play again. Importantly, his mot...

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August 28, 2017

Meet Martin, a one-year-old boy who lives in Uganda.

Two months ago, Martin starting losing his appetite and weight gradually. He was getting frequent fevers, losing hair, developing sores all over his body and had discharge in his eyes. This prompted his mother to take Martin to a nearby clinic. He was diagnosed with malnutrition and was started on nutrition medication but showed no signs of improvement.

A nurse at the clinic recommended Martin seek further treatment at our medical partner’s hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. There, he’ll begin treatment on August 28, which will cost $316.

His mother looks forward to nursing again and taking Martin to a nursery school after treatment. “I thank donors for supporting my son’s treatment whom I love so much and I pray that God bless the donors,” she says.

Meet Martin, a one-year-old boy who lives in Uganda. Two months ago, Martin starting losing his appetite and weight gradually. He was get...

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Martin's Timeline

  • August 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Martin was submitted by David Wamuwaya at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • August 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Martin received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Martin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 20, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Martin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Martin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Ped. Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $316 for Martin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$134
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$15
Supplies
$135
Labs
$27
Other
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

At our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, two types of malnutrition are treated on an in-patient basis: moderate acute malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition. Moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) is also called “wasting” and is characterized by low weight-for-height indicators or by low mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) indicators. Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is the most dangerous type of malnutrition. It is caused by extreme deprivation of vital nutrients and becomes life-threatening because of its alterations of important functions of the body. SAM can manifest in two ways: severe wasting and oedema. Severe wasting is caused by extreme nutrient and calorie deficiency. Its symptoms include a massive loss of body fat and muscle tissue. This results in “baggy pants syndrome," in which the skin is loose while the body is extremely thin. Malnutrition of this type is also called marasmus. Oedema is caused primarily by the deficiency of protein in the diet. The body's extremities become extremely swollen. The oedema then progresses to the face and other areas of the body. Other symptoms include skin lesions, an enlarged liver, and changes in hair color. Malnutrition of this type is also called kwashiorkor. Kwashiorkor is the most common type of malnutrition treated at Bwindi Community Hospital.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

If not treated, moderate acute malnutrition can quickly progress to severe acute malnutrition. Chronic malnutrition can cause long-term growth and development issues, such as stunting and reduced cognitive capacity. Untreated, severe acute malnutrition can result in death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There are many underlying causes of acute malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, including poverty, family size, lack of nutritional knowledge, mental health issues in caregivers, disease, war, social problems, and lack of clean water. Treatment is necessary to prevent malnutrition from becoming chronic and having a long-term impact on a child's development.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Bwindi Community Hospital has a robust program for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition. Combining multifaceted community education, the assessment of nutritional status of children, and treatment of acute malnutrition, its goal is to prevent all forms of malnutrition. Hospital in-patient treatment, supported by Watsi, is reserved for the most acute cases. Every three months, the hospital’s Community Health Nursing Team (CHT) works with Village Health Teams (VHTs) to assess the nutritional status of all of the approximate 10,000 under-five children in its catchment area. Milder cases of malnutrition, which are the majority, are referred to district health centers for management. Early case-finding and treatment prevents progression to life-threatening, expensive, and complicated malnutrition. In addition, the CHT and VHTs conduct health education classes for the community. Subjects covered include family planning, sanitation and hygiene, maternal health, and prevention of illness. All of these issues are related to malnutrition. Once admitted to the hospital, a child is given a series of milk formulas. These formulas are calibrated to carefully increase nutrient and protein intake. After the formula phase, the child transitions to “Ready to Use Therapeutic Food” (RUTF). At Bwindi Community Hospital, the RUTF is a peanut butter-based food called plumpyNut™. It is nutrient-rich and packed with a high concentration of protein and energy. Supplements, such as Vitamin A and folic acid, are given. Antibiotics are given, if needed, to treat concurrent infections. After transitioning to the RUTF, the child is given an appetite test. If he or she eats well, the child is discharged and returns home with a supply of plumpyNut™ to supplement local foods. While the child is in the hospital, his or her caregiver receives health and nutritional education, including cooking classes, to help prevent recurrence of malnutrition. Food from a demonstration nutritional garden is used in the cooking classes and provided free to patients. When discharged, the child is referred to a local health facility and community nurse for follow-up. The child continues receiving treatment and supplemental food until his or her goal weight is reached.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

If the correct treatment is started promptly, a patient’s life can be saved. Any long-term impacts, such as stunting or cognitive development issues, can be mitigated or prevented. The child’s development is put back on track.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are no side effects or risks with this treatment.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care for malnutrition without severe complications is available in district health centers, which is where most children are treated. When complications arise, adequate treatment is only available in hospitals. Patients are usually referred to the hospital by a community health team. They generally travel from 20 to 50 kilometers away and arrive by either walking or traveling on a hired motorcycle.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternative medications to treat acute, complicated malnutrition. Alternative hospitals are more than two-hour drive away.

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