2018 UPDATE: Nearly six years have passed since we first started working with Floating Doctors, but their tireless work is still changing lives every day. We're proud to support their efforts and provide vitamins for the children and mothers they serve! Check out what Dr. La Brot had to say in a recent message to us:
"A lot of the kids in this village have grown up on vitamins for almost their entire lives, and compared to five years ago the community is much healthier and the kids are much more robust. It will be interesting to see if this generation will all be taller than their parents, who had much more limited nutrition during their childhoods.
'Failure to thrive' and specific macronutrient deficiencies used to be a more common diagnosis in this region, but with better nutritive support this is being pushed back. Having vitamins is incredibly valuable because all of our patients culturally value the nutritive support that comes from vitamins. And the fact that virtually every single child that comes through our clinics leaves with a six-month supply of vitamins means that people will come from miles around and wait to be attended, so their kids will receive vitamins.
Of course, this also gives us a great opportunity to check the kids and parents for other issues we can address, or to do health education about nutrition, handwashing or other health measures while people are waiting. That's another power of vitamins--they are a lot more than nutrition support. They have the power to bring patients to clinic and ensure that lots of other conditions get identified and taken care of. Thanks, Vitamin Angels!"