Zelesi Sinkanako (30) from traditional authority Chitekwere in Lilongwe says she almost lost her child due to malnutrition. Zelesi says her child was among those that were malnourished in her village. She took her to the hospital and was given ready-to-use therapeutic food (chiponde) but the child never liked it and she mostly threw up every time she ate it.
Her child's weight decreased from 8.5 kilogrammes to 6. Things began changing for the better when the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project led by Catholic Health Commission, Oxfam started in her area.
The project, which is part of FIDP Phase II of the Malawi government, is being financially supported by the European Union. Zelesi is among the many community members that have been taught how they can prepare meals that contain all the six food groups using locally available foods. Zelesi says she has now learned how she can prepare porridge for her child. "I am able to prepare porridge for my daughter in which I add cooking oil, eggs and vegetables, among others, and my child likes it", says Zelesi. "With this, my child's weight has improved from 6 kilogrammes — late last year— to 10 kilogrammes now."