When Bukas Palad started, there were many third degree malnourished children in the community where the Social Center would like to serve. The Volunteers brought them to the hospital for confinement. An experience with one of the families of Bukas Palad made the Volunteers understand how Nutrition Program will develop.
- Once, a member of the families of Bukas Palad suffered from second-degree malnutrition. In one of the visits to the family, BP personnel found the child lying helplessly with no strength to move and it was only when you look at the eye that you will be able to confirm that the child is alive. The child was immediately brought to the hospital and was confined. Because of this experience, the Social Center understood that the child needed food supplement to recover and maintain health. The Social Center followed up the child regularly and provided her with milk and other food supplement such as mongo, soyrice, wheat, etc.
Aside from the concrete help given, the mother’s classes and cooking demonstrations were done. The weight of the children is monitored in Bukas Palad clinic, school, and in the community. Mothers were taught the different groups of food for proper nutrition, how to prepare cheap and nutritious food, proper caring for children, budgeting of time and money, health and some other things that would help them to be responsible parents (A program of the Social Center that reply’s to the call of Pope Francis on responsible parenthood).
Food fests are conducted where parents of children in the nutrition program participated.
At present, there are fifty (50) patients in the program.
- To improve the nutritional status of the community specially of the children
- Eradication of the third degree malnutrition in the area
- Children with first to third degree malnutrition
- Children with primary complex (TB for children)
- Children who are anemic (even if they have the right and weight)
- Malnourished mothers specially those who are pregnant
- Malnourished and elderly people
Management of Malnutrition
- Regular follow-up at home
- Regular consultation with the physician
- Weekly food supplements for six (6) months
- Mother’s classes to impart instructions on health, hygiene, nutritious food, preparation, etc.
- Feeding for those severely malnourished
- Hospitalization, if necessary