Thursday, December 10, 2015

Helping babies grow healthy in Timor-Leste

Francisco, a 14-month old malnourished child receiving treatment
from the sub-district community health center at Bobonaro.
©UNICEF EAPRO/2015/Snazer
Carmelita Moniz lives in Aldeia Oalgomo, a small, remote village in the west of Timor-Leste sitting on a wind-swept hill surrounded by dry bush, sweeping down into the valleys below. Carmelita, holding her son, has had a difficult motherhood. She lost two children within days of being born, and she discovered that her 14 months old son was severely malnourished.

“When Francisco was one, they found that he was severely malnourished when I went to immunize him at the health centre,” says Carmelita, holding Francisco, surrounded by on looking villagers.

“I live with my whole family in this small house, including my grandmother,” she says. “We produce corn and peanuts and we store some of it here and sell a little. We eat corn every day. We boil it and mix it with some beans. If we can afford it, we’ll also have some rice”.