Together with the innocent foundation, Action Against Hunger is revolutionising the way malnourished children are diagnosed and treated, paving the way for health workers in Mali to reach all malnourished children

Meet the villagers of Kourounan: The mum

“I’m less scared for my children...”

By Christine Kahmann

Jan 13 2017

Together with the innocent foundation, we are revolutionising the way malnourished children are diagnosed and treated, paving the way for health workers in Mali to reach all malnourished children, no matter where they live. Our  Healthy Kids series features some of the wonderful people from Kourounan in Mali. Find out how access to healthcare has transformed their lives.


Like many families in Kourounan, Mahat owns a small garden where they grow seasonal vegetables like onions and tomatoes. Mahat’s husband works as a farmer during the rainy season, and tries to find temporary employment in construction when the rains stop.

“Thanks to Famakan and his team our children are healthier. Before the arrival of the community health workers, we had to travel very far to seek treatment for our children. Often, we weren’t able to get there because of the distance and we couldn’t afford transport.”

Mahat, a mum of four, with her daughter Samita at a weekly check-up session organised by Famakan. B.Stevens/i-Images for Action Against Hunger

“When Famakan moved to Kourounan to set up the local health post, my two year-old daughter Samita was very ill. He told me that she urgently needed to be treated for undernutrition. He explained the condition to me and told me that Samita could regain her health with the right treatment. He then organised for us to be transferred to the nearest hospital in Kita because Samita was so ill that she needed intensive care for a while.”

“At the hospital Samita received special therapeutic milk and medical care for a week until she was well enough to continue her treatment at home. Famakan followed up on her health twice a week, weighing her, taking her temperature and giving us therapeutic food needed for her recovery. And I learnt more about spotting the early signs of malnutrition and how to prevent it.”

“As a mum, the health of my children is the most important to me. I’m less scared for my children these days. Because now I know that they’ll receive care and can get better. I want Samita and her siblings to learn and study.”


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B.Stevens/i-Images for Action Against Hunger, Mali, 2016

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