We gave $3M worth of supplements and meals to malnourished IDPs in Borno
January 02, 2018
BENEFITING: Edward Charles Foundation
After Empower 54 evacuated the severely malnourished IDP children from Bama, Borno State, Nigeria (a Boko Haram strong hold) to Maiduguri on June 13th and 15th 2016, it was reported by MSF and created international concern; the Nigerian government declared malnutrition a national epidemic; with the Honourable Minister of Health, declaring that “one-third, 33% of Nigerian Children under 5 years old suffer from chronic malnutrition”.
These disturbing statistics prompted us to do more in saving children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) beyond evacuating them from high-risk zones for treatment.
Ready-To-Use-Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) is proven to save lives of severely malnourished children. It's a “peanut paste” that’s been carefully formulated and proven that 3 sachets of RUTF daily for 60 days can bring a starving child from the edge of death!
We have commenced a small-scale production of RUTF in Abuja, Nigeria. Our target is to provide FREE RUTF for a minimum of 500 children monthly, 6,000 children annually.
Post SAM Treatment Support
Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is mainly caused by poverty/hunger or illness, once a child receives RUTF and other required medical care and enters the Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) category, they can easily relapse back into SAM if not given adequate foods and medication to support their full recovery.
To prevent relapse, when the child enters the MAM category and can commence eating foods, we will prove a “Recovery Pack” pack which contians nutritional meals, Multi-vitamins and supplements for each child that will boost thier recovery.
99% of the ingredients used for our RUTF production will be locally sourced in Nigeria. This program will be duplicated across Africa in commuunites with children dying from Severe Acute Malnutriton (SAM)
Your Donation Saves a Life!
We succeeded in establishing the production facility in Abuja, we need your donations to purchase ingredients need for the production as well as nutritional meals and supplements for this program.
Please donate today and invest in saving more lives!
Empower 54 Project Initiatives. ("Empower 54") is a Massachusetts not-for-profit public benefit corporation (Federal Tax ID: 81-4202550) with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to Empower 54 are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the US law.
Women and children are the most vulnerable victims of Boko Haram's terrorist attacks. Countless have been killed and larger numbers displaced left starving in IDP camps and destroyed communities.
Your donation of $55.80 can provide life saving treatment to save the life of an extremely malnourished child today.
Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)
Children whose malnutrition is so acute are most likely to die. One billion people, or a seventh of the world’s population, are hungry. When children from the ages of 6 to 59 months become severely hungry, they are nine times more likely to die comparing to a healthy child.
These young children are said to suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a condition that presents itself as extremely low weight when compared to height, visible and severe wasting and/or the presence of edema.
An estimated 20 million children are currently suffering from SAM. The statistics are alarming and discouraging, however, SAM is not only preventable but also treatable with RUTF. Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) can bring these children back from the brink of death within a short period of time.
Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods (RUTF)
RUTF is a kind of fortified “peanut paste” that’s been carefully formulated to provide all of a child’s basic nutritional needs, and it’s served in a packet that looks like an oversized version of those mustard and ketchup packets you get in fast food restaurants. It’s easy for a mother to open, easy for a child to eat, and as tasty as peanut butter. Just three servings of RUFT a day can save the life of a starving child. RUTF is by far the only cost-effective product that overcomes environmental constraints so that more children’s lives can be saved. Treatments are urgently needed and those severely malnourished children cannot wait.
RUTF has been revolutionary because it does not require water, refrigeration or preparation, which makes it the ideal product for treating children with SAM in their communities.
A child needs to eat about 3 packages of RUTF per day over a period of four to six weeks. During this treatment, children are able to gain up to one pound per week and be brought back from the edge of undernourishment. It is crucial for children to maintain their nutritional level at this age because the first 1,000 days of a child’s life can determine that their full growth prospects.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 98% of children treated with RUTF were well nourished after six months and 96% were well nourished after a year. That is why it is critical that we get RUTF to starving children today.
Just $55.80 provides a child with life-saving nutrition for a month
- One sachet of RUTF: $0.60
- Each child eats 3 sachets daily: $1.80 per day
- To complete treatment by nourishing a child for one month: $55.80
- 2,000 children monthly will consume 186,000 sachets: $111,600