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West Africa Child Hunger Crisis

West Africa Child Hunger Crisis / What Your Donations Can Do

When faced with a crisis of this magnitude, with 18 million people affected by heartbreaking food shortages and hunger, it can be easy to feel that any help you could give would be a drop in an endless sea. But the truth is, any little bit you can give can make a life-changing difference for a child in desperate need of food, care and support. The following are examples of what your gift can do. They are based on an average cost of programs and materials in the countries we are working in across the Sahel, converted from British pounds exchange rate to U.S. dollars on June 6, 2012.

  • $2.32 could pay for sachets of oral rehydration salts to help treat 100 children suffering from diarrhea
  • $5.42 could pay for zinc tablets for 10 days to effectively treat 10 severely malnourished children suffering from diarrhea
  • $7.74 could pay for measuring tapes that check whether 100 children are suffering from malnutrition
  • $10.84 could treat a malnourished child with highly nutritious peanut paste for one week
  • $38.71 could help support 10 mothers whose children are in a stabilization clinic (for 1 day)
  • $23.23 could help pay for basic supplies for a mother whose malnourished child is admitted to the stabilization clinic. This includes a blanket, a mat, a plate, a cup, a spoon and soap
  • $23.23 could help buy equipment used to measure the height of babies and young children as part of the screening process for malnutrition
  • $38.71 could provide enough therapeutic milk to treat a severely malnourished child who is suffering from medical complications for two weeks
  • $46.45 could buy weighing scales which are used to assess a young child’s weight as part of the screening process for malnutrition
  • $77.42 could pay for running a motorbike for a month – these are used by Save the Children staff to travel between remote villages to screen children for malnutrition. Once screened and if found to be malnourished, children are referred to the nearest outpatient therapeutic program. Without village screening many malnourished children would never receive treatment
  • $100 could support and treat a child with severe malnutrition through our treatment programs.
  • $232 could pay for running an ambulance for a week, providing vital transport to take young children who are severely malnourished for treatment in a stabilization center. Without this, many children would not survive
  • $309 could pay for a nurse for a month to care for severely malnourished children suffering from medical complications at a stabilization center
  • $6039 could pay for a new motorbike for Save the Children staff to travel between remote villages to screen children for malnutrition. Once screened and if found to be malnourished, children are referred to the nearest outpatient therapeutic program. Without village screening many malnourished children would never receive treatment
  • $10,065 could provide one month of clinical supplies such as intravenous fluid, disinfectant and soap for an in-patient care unit providing treatment for children who are dangerously malnourished
  • $11,071 could provide a new ward at one of our stabilization clinics, providing places for 40 severely malnourished children with medical complications to be given lifesaving treatment
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