Nourishing Support for Mothers
Providing Nourishment to Mothers in Zambia
COST - $50
Malnutrition affects every stage of life and has severe consequences that can impact families and communities for generations. Malnourished mothers are more likely to die in childbirth and have low birth weight babies. And their babies are more vulnerable to disease and death. 20 percent of all deaths worldwide among pregnant women are caused by malnutrition.
Malnutrition and its devastating consequences can be prevented. CARE’s works to give moms, families and health providers the tools they need to stop malnutrition, including emergency food for children.
At 40 years old, Andarieta Titosse is a widow and mother of three children. Her youngest child, Nércia, is less than seven months old. During her pregnancy with Nércia, Andarieta hardly had anything to eat, and there were times that she could not sleep because she was so hungry. At four months old, Andarieta’s baby weighed only 4 lbs. "I knew I should breastfeed my baby, but as I had no food I was unable to produce milk," says Andarieta. With the help of CARE volunteers, baby Nércia was taken to Funhalouro health center. The doctors knew there was no time to waste, as she was suffering from severe malnutrition. "I'm getting milk in the hospital for my baby, but the doctors told me I have to feed myself in order to be able to breastfeed. Last month, my baby weighed 15 lbs, and I am very happy to finally see her smile and recover, "she says. CARE enabled Andarieta to purchase food so she bought flour, rice, oil, sugar and peanuts. She says she will be able to cover her family’s food needs for about two months with the food obtained.