Since 2015 the Foundation, together with the partner hospitals, has started the ‘malnutrition’ project.
The project consists of large screening actions in the villages of Parakou. The pediatrician and the hospital’s social assistant, the doctor and his team from the Sanitary Zone, they all work together to track down malnourished children to have them treated in the hospital.
This treatment is intensive and the children are often hospitalized for several weeks. After discharge from the hospital, the children continue to be treated according to the national protocol and are thus further monitored.
In the hospital, the mothers receive professional guidance from the social assistant who teaches them how to prepare well-balanced food in cooking workshops, among other things. The salary of the social assistant is paid by the Foundation. Further investments have been made in the hospitals to turn their gardens into a real demonstration site.
Every year 10,000 to 15,000 children are screened and more than 100 children have to be hospitalized.