Local docs travel to Kenya to help children and mothers
by Christie Chisholm, Weekly Alibi, November 26, 2009
In the village of Kisesini, which sits southeast of Nairobi in Kenya’s Yatta District, water is scarce and brackish and food mostly comes in the form of nutrient-empty porridge. Breast milk can be the difference between life and death for the population’s youngest members. Nearly half the children in the region under the age of 5 are malnourished.
Breast milk is one of the few reliable sources of sustenance women in Kisesini have for their children. And so when a woman approached Dr. Angelo Tomedi in the village’s health dispensary and asked him for medicine that would dry up her breast milk, he knew something was wrong.