n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Undernourished infants in Nandom Rehabilitation Center : a case study of deficits in care

Supplement 6
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we do can wait, the child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer "Tomorrow" His name is "Today". [cited in Morley et. al 1986] Gabrielo Mistral, Noble Prize winning Poet from Chile. <p>Childcare is one of the primary responsibilities involved in having children. What is more fundamental to a society than childcare? Ranked closely behind basic survival, food and shelter, the care and protection of the children needs to come in high on the scale of society's top priorities. The Chilean poet has well captured the fate of many children today in the context of childcare and has also prophetically warned of the necessity to leave no stone unturned and learn to sacrifice our needs for the survival of our children. This work has been a modest attempt to explore why mothers in Nandom are unable to maintain adequate nutritional status of infants and toddlers.

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