After a day in the Emergency Department Benicia moved into the inpatient pediatric ward dedicated to treating acute malnutrition. With her mother by her side every day, Benicia slowly regained strength and health with intensive nutrition supplements and blood transfusions.
SBH is home to the only fully-accessible inpatient malnutrition unit on Haiti’s southern peninsula, and for children like Benicia it is often the only place they can go to get this level of comprehensive care to put them back on the road to health. The malnutrition treatment program also includes counseling and training for caregivers, who want to make sure their children get the food they need to stay healthy but often struggle to find the resources to provide a fully nutritional diet. Training from community health workers and peer mentors can help find new ways of purchasing and preparing meals that ensure everyone in the family has enough nutritious food to eat.