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Malawi

Malawi

volunteer feeding a baby a nutritious porridge fortified with flour from ground peanuts, as part of the educational outreach to mothers at a baby clinic established by my Peace Corps partner and me at Namitambo in Chiradzulu District, Malawi, Central Africa, in 1966. I took this photo in 1966 at a child health clinic established by my Peace Corps partner and me in Malawi. It shows a baby clinic volunteer feeding a baby a nutritious porridge fortified with flour from ground peanuts, as part of our educational outreach to mothers. In 1966 we started a child health clinic in the town, an impoverished area with an alarmingly high infant mortality rate. The clinic focused on malnutrition, offering examination by medical staff and nutrition education for mothers. While our child health clinic took place in the government center of the town, we also conducted outreach to neighboring villages, where we demonstrated how to prepare nutritious meals to combat malnutrition in infants and children, as seen in the photo. I remained in Malawi an extra year to oversee construction of a permanent building for the baby clinic. I have been told that the baby clinic became the centerpiece of a flourishing public health program.