CREN

Centre for Rehabilitation, Education, and Nutrition

Bridges of Hope's Malnutrition Centre in Burkina Faso, West Africa, provides children suffering from malnutrition with appropriate treatment and follow-up. The Centre also provides mothers with essential education focused on malnutrition and other common afflictions. 

Miriam's Story

Miriam's mother, Alima, attended a malnutrition education day that was hosted by Bridges of Hope's nurses. Miriam was found to be severely malnourished and was admitted to the centre. Miriam was kin and bones, weighing only 9 pounds at 15 months. Her almost lifeless body was fragile; a smile was rarely seen on her face. Through the treatment she received at the centre she was able to gain weight and strength. Joy returned to her face and health to her body.

After one month of treatment, Miriam had gained weight and fought off all of the infections that had been overtaking her body. Mirian is now a healthy and happy little girl, whose life was saved by the treatment she received at the Malnutrition Centre. Miriam is just one example of the impact that the Malnutrition Centre is having.

Miriam, child at CREN, West Africa

Malnutrition Education

Throughout the months of February and March, nurses go to rural villages to assess children for malnutrition snd provide mothers with education on proper nutrition. When children are found to be malnourished, their mothers are asked to bring them to Bridges of Hope's clinic to receive treatment and further education. Local education is also provided throughout the year.

Nurses Teaching Malnutrition Education

The Cost of Hope

It costs approximately $50 to treat and save the life of a severely malnourished child. This includes milk, food, and medications for corresponding illnesses. Mothers who stay at the Centre with their children are also provided with food. Mothers participate in the treatment of their children as much as possible. Mothers are taught about malnutrition, the corresponding illnesses, and how to make a high-energy and high-nutrition porridge. This enables them to continue treating their child at home. It also helps them to gain awareness of health concerns their other children may have. After children return home, they come back to the treatment centre weekly to be monitored. 

 

The Need

  • Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world.

  • One third of all deaths in developing countries is attributed to malnutrition.

  • 1 in 4 children in Burkina Faso suffer from malnutrition.

  • Malnutrition is both preventable and treatable

 

How You Can Help

DONATE to our project.

DONATE $50 to save the life of a child. 

PROVIDE 100 MEALS for just $27 or 1000 MEALS for just $270.

PROVIDE THE MEANS for nurses to educate people in a remote village for only $20. 

Mother and child in Burkina Faso, Africa

Mother and children at CREN, Burkina Faso

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