Asrat had to walk more than five hours to reach Concern Worldwide’s screening and distribution point. Her three children were suffering from malnutrition due to previous droughts and the resulting poor harvests in the village. Meron, her one and a half year old daughter first became seriously malnourished in mid 2003. Asrat realised this, but with a family to look after and provide for she could not afford to stay for the required 3-4 weeks at the main health centre so that her daughter could receive the necessary treatment. So she decided to remain at home.
When Concern's outreach worker visited the village, they told Asrat about the Community Therapeutic Care approach and checked all her children. The health workers diagnosed Meron's malnutrition and urged Asrat to take her to the next screening and food distribution session for a medical check-up and treatment if necessary. Thanks to this Outreach Therapeutic Programme (OTP), Meron also received adequate nutrition including plumpy nut, which contains valuable nutrients and vitamins as a 2 week ration. Asrat was then able to remain at home to take care of her other children and continue with her household responsibilities. After two months, her child’s severe malnutrition decreased but she still needed continuous care to avoid a recurrence. She received the supplementary food “Famix” for her daughter at the same Concern screening and distribution points along with the other mothers following the programme. After another two months of the supplementary food, Meron was fully recovered and discharged from the treatment.