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Improving the Lives of Under-Fives

MAF’s floatplane is improving the lives of children under five in Bangladesh who are suffering from malnutrition, along with pregnant women and mothers. 

LUC_0541Our flights for French NGO Terre des hommes enable them to serve over 7,000 families in Barguna District who live in coastal villages prone to cyclone devastation.

This region endures poor services, social-economic and environmental conditions. This has created problematic cycle such as high-risk pregnancies and acute malnutrition of which women and children are most vulnerable. The NGO mobilizes communities by organizing group discussions, cooking demonstrations and campaigns to raise awareness on health, nutrition and hygiene. They also provide food assistance to women and children with moderate or acute malnutrition.

Flying multiplies their time

The area is very remote and hard to reach by land. Our floatplane can deliver workers safely, quickly, as Mr. Shahid Kamal explains, “I am physically more comfortable when flying with MAF.

“If I were to travel on the road, I would be wasting so much time and after the trip, my body would need to rest for at least two days. Flying with MAF helps me be more time efficient and allows me to perform my best at work.”

Getting a balanced diet

Terre des hommes also provides dry food and basic treatment for children and women with moderate or acute malnutrition. In severe cases, children receive therapeutic food, or are referred to a Special Nutrition Center if they have complications.

a clinician monitors a child's growth

a clinician monitors a child’s growth

As a balanced diet is essential, the NGO also help women to start their own homestead gardens, which ensures they have fresh vegetables all year-round.

Dry food and basic treatment is provided to women and children with moderate or acute malnutrition. They also help women to start their own homestead gardens so they can have fresh vegetables throughout the year.

 

Mim’s story

Mim and her mother Asma receive nutrition training and support from Terre des hommes

Mim and her mother Asthma receive nutrition training and support from Terre des hommes

Four-year-old Mim was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. Thanks to Terre des hommes, she received food, medicine and a weekly visit, and is now feeling better.

Her mother, Asma, began attending group meetings to learn how to cook nutritious foods for her daughters such as kitchuri – a dish with rice, lentils and vegetables cooked together, sometimes served with an egg, fish or meat. Women such as Asma have very few options to learn about nutrition and provide help for malnourished children.

Her mother, Asma Begun, shares, “I am very happy my daughter is now okay. She is livelier and plays more than she did before.”

Dalim’s story

Dalim explains the benefits of her homestead garden

Dalim explains the benefits of her homestead garden

Dalim Begum uses a homestead garden. It’s a small, highly productive type of garden promoted by Terre des hommes to encourage vegetable growing to improve nutrition. It is also raised to help prevent it flooding.

From the garden, Dalim can feed her family with nutritious vegetables year-round and sell vegetables in the market to help with her children’s education. She is saving seeds from this year’s garden so she doesn’t need to buy those seeds the next planting.

Dalim shares, “This garden is better than the traditional garden because I am using compost that provides nutrition for the whole garden.”

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