We are equipped to handle 18 children along with a caregiver at any given time, although when needs are high we manage to find space for all those that the Lord sends! We are blessed to have a well equipped ICU for our sicker patients.
Here at Serving His we mainly see two types of malnutrition.
Kwashiorkor is a form of malnutrition that occurs when there is not enough protein in the diet. It is a form of severe protein–energy malnutrition characterized by edema, irritability, anorexia, ulcerating dermatoses, and an enlarged liver with fatty infiltrates. Sufficient calorie intake, but with insufficient protein consumption, distinguishes it from marasmus. Kwashiorkor cases occur in areas of famine or poor food supply. Basically the child is getting food, just not protein. The defining sign of kwashiorkor in a malnourished child is pitting edema (swelling of the ankles and feet).
Marasmus is a form of severe malnutrition characterized by energy deficiency. You will see severe muscle wasting in a child with marasmus. A child with marasmus looks emaciated. Body weight is reduced to less than 60% of the normal (expected) body weight for the age. Marasmus occurrence increases prior to age 1, where as kwashiorkor occurrence increases after 18 months. It can be distinguished from kwashiorkor in that kwashiorkor is protein deficiency with adequate energy intake whereas marasmus is inadequate energy intake in ALL forms, including protein. Basically a child with marasmus is recieving little or no food at all. The prognosis is better than it is for kwashiorkor but half of severely malnourished children die due to unavailability of adequate treatment.
Our goal is to “Break the cycle of malnutrition one life at a time.” We do this through three programs: