Many of the children we see in Mali are extremely malnourished. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies put them at great risk of developing disease or disabilities, or premature death.
In February 2015, HATN and TEGEW started a micronutrient fortification program in Mana and several surrounding villages. The program is ongoing with over 500 children from 7 villages enrolled.
MixMe is a micronutrient fortification powder that is mixed with regular food. It provides supplemental iron, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, copper, selenium, iodine, and zinc, to children who are not getting enough of these nutrients in their diets. The supplementation is particularly important after the rainy/malaria season as even previously healthy children are apt to deteriorate during this period.
The team that oversees the program consists of our local doctor and midwife and TEGEW the HATN team in Mali. Children are monitored and parents are taught about healthy food choices so children will continue to grow strong after they have finished the program protocol.
The program has resulted in positive growth, weight gain, and energy improvement in the children following the protocol. Thank you to all of our supporters who have provided funds for the purchase of the MixMe Micronutrients.
You are making a huge positive influence on the lives of these children!