The infant mortality rate in Ethiopia is a staggering 700% higher than in the United States, with 1 in every 20 children dying before their 5th birthday. The top cause of infant death in Ethiopia is diarrheal disease. We are committed to caring for the health of the children in our program by providing resources for prevention, education and treatment of a variety of health conditions.
Fitsum is a precious young girl we first met at the age of 5. She suffers from a chronic medical condition and as a result, a simple cut to her leg led to more than a year of daily pain. The infection became so serious that she developed osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone). Our staff cleaned her wound and changed her bandages every day until we received news that a hospital would perform surgery to fix her leg free of charge. Because the infection had entered the bone, part of the bone had to be removed. Since then, generous donors have provided her with extra grain support to allow her to fully heal. Without proper treatment, Fitsum would have lost her leg and ultimately her life. Children die every day in Ethiopia from simple injuries and illnesses. This is why proper sanitation and education regarding treatment of basic wounds and medical conditions is so critical.
Transport, doctor's visits, labwork, and more to restore a child's health.