The two different faces of Malnutrition
We are called to be a blessing to others, and in fact, we are blessed to be a blessing. The staff at the Jesus Healing Center understands this, and we are thankful to have partnership in discovering better ways to help in dealing with the continued problem of malnutrition in our area. We thank our partners in health and our sponsors for their support in not only reaching the children in our area with education and medications, but enabling us to continue our work here in the field. It is our hopeful prayers to one day eliminate the effects of malnutrition in our area.
Marasmus is a form of malnutrition which is a complete lack of nutrition and calories. A child literally wastes away to nothing.
Kwashiorkor, another form of malnutrition is also a serious condition of malnutrition. Although full in the face, resulting from severe protein deficiency, this child is suffering from malnutrition. He might get his fill of rice, but the lack of protein causes his whole system to shut down, shifting fluid to the face and abdomen. If his situation does not change he may develop chronic and fatal liver failure.
We must not hesitate; we must not fail to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
This child is near death. He was rushed to the malnutrition hospital in Port Au Prince for tube feedings as he was too weak to eat himself.