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British doctors to assess Mohale’s Hoek children’s health, nutrition

Limpho Sello

NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisation (NGO) Msizi Africa Lesotho on 22 September 2018 will receive a team of British doctors who will assess the nutrition of the children who are being fed by the organisation.

The organisation runs four centres in Mohale’s Hoek where they feed in excess of 200 children daily since 2007.

The experts’ visit to Lesotho comes after Msizi Africa hosted an event for British companies, individuals and other international organisations in London in May this year and appealed for donations.

Speaking to the Sunday Express last week, Msizi Africa programmes Mosoloane Mochesane said at their London event the doctors expressed extreme interest in funding their feeding programme.

He however, said the doctors said they needed to assess the nutrition and health situation in the country so that they would make needs-based donations informed by the assessment.

Mr Mochesana said on the visit that is scheduled for the 22nd of this month, the doctors will conduct a random survey of 200 children to note the needs of local children.

“After assessing the children, it is going to be easier for them to fund because they will know what the major needs are,” Mr Mochesane said.

“The assessment will be done collaboratively with the ministry of Health at the district level.”

Mr Mochesane further said on the day of the assessment, they expect South African artist Richard Scott to grace the event and to also start an arts project in the country.

He said Scott would draw Lesotho themed portraits which would be sold globally and the revenue would go towards assisting Msizi Africa’s feeding programme.

“The idea behind all the initiatives is to ensure the continuity of the Msizi Africa feeding scheme and to also sustain the organisation since the large population of vulnerable people in Mohale’s Hoek still needs assistance.

“We believe that every child should grow up healthy and strong, no matter where they were born and that good nutrition is critical for development.”

He said the organisation has become a life line for many in the villages they work in.

After a trip to Africa in 2006, Lucy Caslon, a British citizen, chose to work as a volunteer at Mants’ase Children’s home having initially learnt about Prince Harry’s visit.

While at the home, she realised how malnourished the 50 children that were being kept there at the time were and she sourced financial assistance from friends and family back in the UK which she used to buy fruits, meat and fish to complement the normal diet of maize meal and cabbage.

Since 2007, the organisation has assisted needy children in Lesotho, South Africa and Zambia.

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