While much attention is given to documenting starvation, not as much is paid to situations where children may have food but are simply not eating enough of the right nutrients — a common situation in many parts of the world. These images stem from a yearlong project for an NGO in Haiti documenting malnutrition.
A relative feeds a child at a recovery center for malnourished children on the northern coast of Haiti.
A girl walks with her registration papers for a child nutrition program run by a Christian NGO on the northern coast of Haiti.
A severely malnourished Haitian boy named Anderson showed up one day at Northwest Haiti Christian Mission on Haiti’s northern coast. Missionary medical staff personally nursed him back to health. He needed around-the-clock care and was often passed room-to-room of the nursing staff to sleep at night. He recovered fully and quickly.
I met this boy at a hospital in rural, far-western Haiti. He was recovering from severe malnourishment.
It was bath time at the House of Hope, a center for malnourished children, and I was lucky to happen upon this surreal but endearing scene.
It is a simple but vital truth: When pregnant mothers lack sufficient food or nutrients, it will most likely affect their children, often in the form of premature births or birth defects.
A boy’s swollen hands and feet are typical symptoms of severe malnutrition, in his case most likely a protein deficiency.
A boy’s swollen hands, feet and face are common symptoms of severe malnutrition, in this case a likely protein deficiency.
In Haiti, mothers of malnourished children often feel ashamed, unable to hide the symptoms that lead others to judge them. Many of these mothers are in dire situations and are not necessarily negligent. In this photo, women at a pediatric clinic are lecturing a mother about her child’s poor appearance.