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Prahlad was 18 months old when our team in India first met him.
Tiny due to being severely malnourished, he weighed less than 10 pounds—not much more than a newborn baby.
“Prahlad no longer played and lost his strength,” said his mom, Rekha. “He could not even smile or play anymore.”
Time was running out for little Prahlad, whose mother felt helpless.
Rehka met with an Action Against Hunger community healthcare worker who urged her to bring Prahlad to the nearest nutritional rehabilitation center.
For 24 days he received the care and treatment he needed to regain his strength. He received regular meals, including therapeutic milk crucial to rebuilding his strength.
Less than a month later, Prahlad was well on the road to recovery. He was discharged from the health center, with a food basket given to Rekha and regular follow up care for Prahlad until he was back to full health.
After his treatment, Prahlad was a much healthier and happier child.
A CHANGE OF FORTUNE
Today, Rekha is eternally grateful to have Prahlad healthy again.
“My son would have died without treatment and without the reassurance I got from Action Against Hunger staff,” Rekha reiterates.
Now age five, Prahlad is a cheerful and inquisitive boy.
This is a stark contrast to just a few years ago. Thinking back to how blank and emotionless Prahlad once was, his mother smiles.
“Now look at him, he is the funniest creature around and mom’s darling boy!”
A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
Building on her experiences with Prahlad’s illness, Rekha is now more active in the community, responsible for cooking food for the 40 children in the village school nearby.
With better food preparation methods, the children in the village are now much less likely to fall ill in the way Prahlad did a few years ago.
ACTION AGAINST HUNGER
Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.
We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure families can access clean water, food, training, and health care. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 6,500 staff in over 45 countries, our programs reached 14.9 million people last year.