Infant Malnutrition/Haiti


Infant Malnutrition/Haiti

1 in 3 infants in Haiti faces malnutrition. UNICEF is helping combat chronic malnutrition with more nutritious food and regular check-ups. Many families do not have the financial capacity to support their children, but also educating mothers can help in making better choices.

With food so expensive and access difficult, logistics has become one of UNICEF's most valuable contributions to Haiti.

Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts

Children at Canape Vert Community Clinic come in every week to have their height and weight measured.

This is Jeanne Baptiste’s fourth visit. She is still too thin for her age. Her arm measurements show she is still malnourished.

On average this small clinic treats 25 severely malnourished children every month. Like Jeanne Baptiste, they are treated with Plumpy’nut, over a two-month period. It’s a peanut based paste that is highly nutritious.

SOUNDBITE (French) Dr. Margaret Mallet, Director, Canape Vert Community Clinic:
”Families that are really numerous and have a lot of children can’t give enough food to their children. There is also a problem of the mothers’ education with regards to malnutrition here in Haiti.”

When the clinic ran out of Plumpy’nut, they asked UNICEF to make an urgent delivery.

Logistics is normally the unseen hero of UNICEF’s programs. It supports everything from hospitals to schools, and was key to helping make the delivery

SOUNDBITE (French) Stephane Durand, Logistics Officer, UNICEF:
“Logistics is really essential, because we distribute the materials to the partners on the ground.”

Miscillite Leisson first brought Jeanne Baptiste to the clinic a few weeks ago because she was crying all the time.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Miscillite Leisson, mother to malnourished Jeanne Baptiste:
“The milk that is sold in the shops is too expensive. I don’t have the money to buy it.”

Two-year-old Jeanne Baptiste needs to continue her regime of Plumpy’nut. The new delivery arrives in time to treat her. She will need to eat two sachets a day for another few weeks to gain a normal weight.

Unlike many children in Haiti, Jeanne Baptiste was brought to the clinic in time. In a few weeks she will be fine, but she will still need proper food at home, a problem faced by many other poor Haitian mothers.


Language: French

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 2 mins

Country: Haiti


  • Muhamed Sacirbey, UNTV-UNICEF


  • Susan Sacirbey