Home-based Feeding Helps Sick Child

In Sultan Kudarat, 34-year old mother Jenelyn and her husband Ronie bravely face the challenge of raising their six children including 3-year old son Rickmar, who is afflicted with hydrocephalus. Rickmar has a twin sister, Reslyn—who is normal and healthy. 

Jenelyn knew Rickmar needed special attention, especially in his nutrition.  About two years ago she brought him to a local health center for check-up and some vitamins. Unfortunately, the health center ran out of vitamins and supplements.

She also joined the government’s dole out program called conditional cash transfer (CCT or locally known as 4Ps–which gives her Php3,000 a month) to augment’s Ronie’s seasonal income of Php2,000.

But despite their gallant efforts, their son Rickmar’s health was at risk. When the ICM health trainer visited the boy, he was almost 3 lbs. underweight and badly needed adequate nutrition.

Rickmar was enrolled in the ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program which included a weekly supply of FMSC’s MannaPacks, and information and counselling for mother Jenelyn. She made porridge from the Manna Packs, soft enough for Rickmar.

After 12 weeks of feeding, Rickmar gained weight. From 14.08 lbs., he grew to 20 lbs! He even exceeded his target weight by close to 3 lbs.! Even his body showed improvement—his legs and arms had form.

Jenelyn was happy. It seemed like for the first time, she and her son have triumphed against what looked like formidable foe.

“The Manna Pack provided nutrition for my son!” Jenelyn said.

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