Background: In January 2016, we sent a doctor and a few nurses from Nebobongo Hospital to a Christian hospital 300 miles away, backed by Samaritan’s Purse. Here, the Nebobongo staff observed and replicated the successful malnutrition program already in place there. With your support, this new team opened the Center for Education and Nutrition at Nebobongo Hospital in February 2016. Our malnutrition treatment and prevention program at Nebobongo Hospital includes inpatient and outpatient components and operates in Nebobongo and the surrounding area. We have been running this program for nearly eight years and have seen many children’s lives saved, parents educated on preventing malnutrition, and spiritual transformation within families. Of the programs E4 supports, few fulfill one of our objectives of “defending the cause of the poor and needy” (Jeremiah 22:16) as directly as our Malnutrition Prevention Program in Nebobongo, DRC. While the staff at Nebobongo give their time and energy to run this program, it cannot survive without outside funding.
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is facing one of the world's largest hunger crises. According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), an estimated 25.8 million people are experiencing crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity” - World Food Programme
Current: The current Malnutrition Prevention Program meets each week at Nebobongo Hospital where:
There are two components to the program. One is the weekly program discussed above, and the second is hospitalization for acutely malnourished children. Children who are diagnosed as acutely malnourished are admitted to the hospital for a three-week stay. During this time, the kids are fed a high-nutrient diet consisting of peanut butter, soy flour, and other vegetables. The families also receive counseling from staff, including the hospital chaplain, on proper nutrition and issues keeping the family from having food. The main goal is to educate families to prevent this situation from occurring again.
Cost: Our goal is to raise $18,000 for 2024 to continue providing funding and increasing our commitment by $500 per month. We hope to send $1,500.00 per month in 2024.