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Ruth, a 5-year-old girl from Namibia’s poorest region, was clearly malnourished when Martha, a Project HOPE care provider, paid a visit to her family’s home.

March 2, 2016

Ruth, a 5-year-old girl from Namibia’s poorest region, was clearly malnourished when Martha, a Project HOPE care provider, paid a visit to her family’s home. Ruth’s ribs were visible, and her abdomen was swollen. Her upper arms measured just nine centimeters around, a clear sign of severe acute malnutrition. Ruth looked miserable and cried most of the time.

Martha, trained to work with community families vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, immediately referred Ruth to the nearest health facility where she was stabilized and then treated at a local hospital. After Ruth was discharged, Martha conducted follow-up visits where she encouraged Ruth’s mother, Esther, to continue her nutritional plan and taught her how to prepare a balanced diet using locally available foods. Ruth is now a healthier and more vibrant child who always smiles and plays with others with a renewed sense of energy.

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