Feed My Starving Children
EMAUSA works with various ministry partners to provide highly nutritious food to thousands of undernourished children and adults.
ELWA Ministries is a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) partner and has shipped millions of healthy meals to the undernourished people of Liberia. EMAUSA is responsible for the shipping costs and the distribution of food. A forty-foot shipping container holds 272,000 meals and costs us $15,000 to ship. ‘During the Covid-19 crisis, EMAUSA also purchased local rice when shipping was not possible.
The ECOL (Evangelical Churches of Liberia) medical mission team has not been able to travel to rural villages for mobile clinics due to COVID-19 restrictions, but they are active during this pandemic. The team has been responding to emergency cases as I receive calls from villagers in rural Liberia about health emergencies. During this new normal, our contact pastors in the rural regions are usually contacted when there is an emergency. The contact pastors verify the emergency and recruit young men who cover 3-6 hours on foot to get to locations that have phone coverage and make SOS calls to me or the head of the medical team. We use our ECOL motorbike as an ambulance to go in and bring the critically ill patients to Monrovia.
ELWA Hospital Malnutrition Program
In August 2019, ELWA hospital started a free "Malnutrition Feeding and Medical Management Program" for children under 5 suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Carrying out malnutrition treatment in a hospital setting offers a big advantage in allowing for diagnosis and treatment of the underlying medical conditions and leads to higher survival rates for these children.
The new malnutrition program remains one of ELWA hospital’s most successful initiatives, with close to 300 outpatient malnutrition consultations each month plus a busy inpatient feeding unit where children with more serious medical complications are admitted. These conditions include severe malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, typhoid fever and severe anemia. To date, every child admitted into the nutrition program has survived and been discharged having reached a healthy weight!
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