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    Weʼve raised £1,530 to Improve Nutrition for Tanzanian Children: A Global Outreach Project

    London, UK
    Funded on Monday, 15th October 2018

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    Story

    My name is Yuri Nemoto, 2nd year Nutrition student at King’s College London. From July 2018, I will be training as a Nutrition Assistant in Arusha, Tanzania, in both clinical and community settings for 8 weeks. This is being coordinated by Medi Trip, with a focus on malnutrition and poverty-related conditions. During the term, I will observe a senior doctor specialised in malnutrition under busy conditions (60-70 patients/day) at the paediatric outpatient clinic and practice nutrition assessments; mainly anthropometry and dietary assessments. At the community children’s centre, I will assess the children’s development by considering their social and behavioural context and talking with families to promote healthy eating habits.

    Aim

    I want to use the knowledge obtained from my Nutrition BSc course to improve local nutrition and dietary practices in Arusha – especially with children, who are most at risk of developing health issues due to a lack of adequate nutrition. In Arusha, ambulances are unable to provide help when it’s raining due to road blockages; families take up to 24 hours to reach their nearest hospital; understaffed and underfunded healthcare services have queues of patients waiting in the hallways. Currently, hospitals in Arusha has neither Nutritionists nor Dietitians due to a lack of funding – I hope to make a positive difference in Arusha by bringing my knowledge of the subject. In particular, I will focus on the impact of early life malnutrition on later physical development and general health. This volunteering opportunity falls outside of my curriculum, but will be invaluable to my growth as a practitioner, as well as broadening my perspective on the challenges of improving nutrition in countries with fewer resources and greater financial constraints. I look forward to sharing international perspectives on nutrition with the team in Arusha, and working collaboratively with local and foreign professionals to improve the health and quality of life of Tanzanian citizens.

    Why Tanzania?

    I strongly believe that good nutritional status leads to a nation’s benefit and global development. Nutritional status during the first 1000 days between a women’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday matters for the rest of their life. Tanzania has a very high infant mortality rate, caused by malnutrition and reduced immunity. Good nutrition enables healthy growth and cognitive development in children, hence educational success, increased labour productivity and economic growth in the long run. (Horton & Hoddinott, 2014) In 2017, Food Agriculture Organisation reported the prevalence of stunted growth in children aged <5 years in Tanzania is to be 34%, which is one of the highest in Africa. 32% of Tanzania’s population is undernourished, and this is significantly higher than the average in other areas, such as Northern Africa (4%), Middle Africa (25%), Southern Africa (7%), Western Africa (11%). (FAO, 2017)

    Thank you!

    The money raised by this crowdfunding will pay for my volunteering, accommodation, meals, and flights. Thank you for reading and all donations would be very appreciated.

    Reference

    (1) Horton, S., & Hoddinott, J. (2014, 11 18). Food Security and Nutrition - Perspective Paper . Retrieved from Copenhagen Consensus Center: http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/sites/default/files/food_security_and_nutrition_perspective_-_horton_hoddinott_0.pdf

    (2) FAO. (2017). The state of food security and nutrition in the world . Retrieved from FAO: http://www.fao.org/3/a-I7695e.pdf.

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    • Yuri Nemoto2 months ago
      Yuri Nemoto

      Yuri Nemoto

      2 months ago

      Update 3 of 3 *** Once again, I would like to thank every one of you for giving me this opportunity from the bottom of my heart. - - - - - - - - - - - - - In case anyone has some free time in Wednesday evening with me.. :) INFO https://www.facebook.com/events/533157107107660/ *** Register here *** https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9037191027354475779

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    • Yuri Nemoto2 months ago
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      Yuri Nemoto

      2 months ago

      Update 2 of 3 *** Today, I am so excited to announce that I got accepted to provide a webinar via ENDietS (European Network for Dietetic Students) regarding my volunteer in Tanzania on 31st October 2018. Giving a presentation in English has been always challenging for me, however I would like the experience from this volunteering not only mine, but also of other Nutrition/Dietetics students across Europe. I cannot believe what has been achieved within the last 4 months, but I have never managed this without supports from you all.

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    • Yuri Nemoto2 months ago
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      2 months ago

      Update 1 of 3 *** 4 months ago, I set up this crowdfunding page with a feeling of clutching a straw to see the reality in Africa. 3 months ago, thanks to your unbelievable supports, I landed in Tanzania and joined a team in Paediatric Department and local community pre-school. 2 months ago, I moved to the largest referral hospital in Arusha to work in Severe Acute Malnutrition Department. 1 month ago, I came back to London with a decision that I wish to pursue a career in public health & nutritional needs in emergency.

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    Supporters

    26

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 27, 2018

      Hope you’re having a great time!

      £20.00

    • Lucie Ait El Hadj

      Lucie Ait El Hadj

      Jul 1, 2018

      Good luck my dear! Enjoy every second and be safe xxx

    • Emi

      Emi

      Jun 29, 2018

      Good luck in all your endeavours. Have a safe flight!

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 29, 2018

      Amazing experience !

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 29, 2018

      All the best in Tanzania!! Looking forward to hearing all your amazing experiences you will have there. Take care, X

      £30.00

    • Dom & Egle

      Dom & Egle

      Jun 29, 2018

      Good luck and have an amazing time.

      £50.00

    • Dom & Egle

      Dom & Egle

      Jun 29, 2018

      Good luck and have an amazing time.

      £50.00

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