Bright Daudi ran that risk. His mother stopped breastfeeding him when he was three months old, switching to porridge because she thought her breast milk was dirty. His weight deteriorated slowly over the next three months. He was lethargic. Even the local hospital couldn’t help.
A chance encounter with an ASTUTE project community health worker brought Bright’s mother, Hilda Robert to a hearth session, a gathering where mothers can learn about stunting and how preparing locally-available foods can stop it.
Today Bright is an active 13-month-old: plump, smiling and growing normally. And his mother, Hilda Robert, now knows how important nutritious foods are to his development.
“Look at him now. He is happy and charming in perfect health,” Robert says of her son, now 13 months. “I will always be grateful for what I learned in the hearth session. I have learned how to prepare food and feed my child.”