Teer Majuk Mun and his family were forced from their home in Pajut in November 2015 by violence, resettling near Poktap. In June 2016, Teer was brought by his mother and uncle to the John Dau Foundation facility, and he was in very bad shape.
Teer was suffering from malnutrition as well as other medical complications, which qualified him for our stabilization center. The John Dau Foundation staff at Poktap didn’t waste a single minute to help young Teer. As a consequence of his condition, he was suffering from convulsions, high fever, yellowing of the skin, sunken eyes and a lack of appetite. For two weeks, he was treated with therapeutic feeding and medication from our nursing staff. Teer was given formula rich in protein and nutrients as well as ReSoMal, an oral rehydration salt. After two weeks, his condition was improving, and he was responding well to treatment.
John Dau Foundation staff moved Teer to our Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP). In the OTP, Teer was moved from formula to Plumpy Nut, a peanut-based paste that is used to treat severe acute malnutrition; Plumpy Nut contains fats, dietary fiber, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals. He was also treated with amoxicillin and a deworming medication to help fight infection.
Before and after!
Eventually Teer showed great improvement. When our staff checks for malnutrition they measure a patient's mid-upper arm circumference (or MUAC) using a special tape measure that uses the colors green, yellow and red to indicate the severity of malnutrition. When Teer was admitted, his MUAC was 11.6 cm. After his MUAC was measured at 12.1 cm, Teer was referred to our Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP).
The TSFP is designed to rehabilitate moderately malnourished children. While he was in the TSFP, Teer received Plumpy Sup, another type of supplementary food designed to prevent a slide back into severe malnutrition. He was also treated for malaria while he was at the TSFP. After three weeks, his MUAC improved from 12.1 cm to 13.3 cm.
Teer has been discharged from our program. When he arrived, he was sick and malnourished, but when he left he did so as a happy, healthy baby boy.
Teer’s story is just one of many. The John Dau Foundation works with hundreds like Teer and his family. We are transforming healthcare in South Sudan.