Bouncing Boy


In Burundi, 4-year-old Jean Marie is bouncing back from severe malnutrition after he received a peanut-paste nutritional food.

The boy’s father died and his mother abandoned him. When his widowed aunt took him in, few thought he would survive and recover. His body was swollen, his hair was grey, and he could hardly walk, his aunt explains. 

When Jean Marie was tested for malnutrition at the Bukeye Health Center, they immediately began treating him with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), a peanut paste donated to the center by World Vision. He would eat four bags of RTUF a day for three consecutive months 

“We had despaired, we thought he would die; but we were amazed to see how his health status improved with the treatment,” says Marie Kabura, Jean Marie’s aunt.

His aunt practices what World Vision staff advised her to do. She now feeds him locally available nutritious food, especially vegetables, which help to keep him in good health. 

All the 80 malnourished children who benefited from World Vision’s RUTF distribution saw their health status improved after three months.  The therapeutic food rescued lives of 1,250 children in the province who were in danger of death because of malnutrition, Angelique Inamahoro, nurse in charge of the nutrition department at Bukeye Health Center explains. 

Scarce arable land and recurrent civil wars are the main problems that prevent families in Burundi from producing enough food. 

Photo©2016 World Vision, Achel Bayisenge

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