Mercy Hospital's Nutrition program reaches 11 communities outside of Bo, but the nutrition program also operates out of the main hospital, for those close enough to Mercy to access it there. Two month old Baby Samuel King was brought to Mercy Hospital's local nutrition program by his grandmother, as his mother recently passed away. Unfortunately, the family has no one who is able to breastfeed Samuel and the family is unable to afford formula.
The Outreach Coordinator, together with the local District Nutrition Unit, identified this baby as extremely vulnerable and prone to malnutrition (he currently weighs only 4.1 kg and 52 cm long). Mercy Hospital has committed to purchasing him formula on a monthly basis and monitoring him until he get old enough to transfer to Bennimix/solid foods.