Surviving Ethiopia’s worst drought in decades

By ChildFund Australia
Photo: In late 2015, ChildFund shared the story of Halko and her baby boy, Fentale, who were living through one of Ethiopia’s worst drought in decades

In late 2015, ChildFund shared the story of Halko and her baby boy, Fentale, who were living through one of Ethiopia’s worst droughts in decades. Diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition, Fentale’s life was at risk and his mother was, understandably, extremely worried. Eighteen months on, we find out how they are doing now…

“As soon as Fentale was born, there was a serious problem. I gave birth to him during the drought, and he fell sick. He was coughing; he was weak.”

“I took him to the health centre and they said malnutrition was affecting Fentale. The staff advised me to breastfeed him more, but I wasn’t able to.”

“At that time, he was crying a lot. I know that when babies are unhealthy, they cry. Fentale wasn’t sleeping, day or night. He was very weak and had malnutrition. We were suffering a lot.”

“Fentale and I were at the health centre for one week, and staff there really supported us. After he received medical treatment and ChildFund provided F100 (a nutrient-rich therapeutic formula), Fentale became healthy. We saw a big change within a short time.”

“After Fentale recovered from his sickness, everyone was so happy and we celebrated. Thanks to ChildFund, Fentale has continued to receive supplementary food up until today. Fentale is now 19 months old, and he is so much better.”

“Just months ago, we were worried about his life. We believed Fentale would die. Now, he is safe. We are so relieved. He looks strong and is healthy. We hope he will continue to grow.”

“Today, Fentale loves being with his friends. He can run and even play football. He gets up in the morning and always asks for his shoes, and then he is out running around the compound. He enjoys being outside.”

“After he grows a bit more, he’ll go to school. We hope he will do well.”

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