Baby Laila*, 22 months old

Baby Laila: a 22 month old survivor

When 22-month-old Laila* reached Cox’s Bazar she was in need of urgent medical attention.

Laila had become desperately ill on her journey from Myanmar to Bangladesh, catching a fever and developing diarrhoea. As a result, she lost a lot of weight very quickly and became malnourished.

By the time her mother Halima Khatum* was able to take Laila to our Health Assessment Centre in Leda Camp, she weighed just 6.8kg.

baby being weighed at a refugee camp to check for malnutrition
Leila is checked for malnutrition

Thankfully our healthcare staff on the ground were able to help Laila.  They treated her fever and supplied her with Plumpy’Nut – an edible paste made of peanuts, packed with calories and vitamins to treat the malnutrition.

A month later, Laila had put on half a kilo and was well on the way to recovery.

Thanks to supporters like you we were also able to help her family by digging a well near their home, setting up clean toilets and supplying them with hygiene items so that they are able to stay clean and safe.

You can find out more about our work with the Rohingya people and donate directly to those caught up in the emergency here.

*Names have been changed to protect identity

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