CHSC missionary pediatrician Dr. Lindsay Cooper oversees one of the most important ongoing programs CHSC supports, it is her therapeutic re-feeding program serving severely malnourished children deep in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This program directly saves the lives of 150 to 200 children each year. Without it, these children would surely die. Is it possible to quantify how much we would give to save the lives of our children or grandchildren? We would give our own lives to save them. The same is true for these young mothers in the Congo, this program is their only hope.
The therapeutic re-feeding program constitutes a large portion of the pediatric program at Evangelical Medical Center of Nyankunde. The program receives nutrition referrals for a very large geographic area, including a nearby city of about 500,000 people. It is the only malnutrition referral center for the region, even Doctors Without Borders depends on this program to send complicated cases of child malnutrition when children fail their re-feeding program. Children often arrive on the verge of death with severe complications such as severe swelling or edema. By the time they reach our program they are so far into the malnutrition cycle they are unable to eat and require tube feeding.
The cost of this program is nominal considering it saves the lives of 150 to 200 children under five years old each year; total cost is $73,862.00 annually. We have monthly, quarterly and annual commitments for funding the totaling $55,347.00. We are still need to raise $18,515.00 for 2017. Please pray about being part of this important program with a gift of any size.