Nuns alleviate acute malnutrition with algae

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Thursday 02, April 2015 | Category:   Catholic culture,Mission & Evangelization
 Nuns at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Bangui, Central African Republic grow vitamin-rich
 green algae spirulina to care for those suffering from acute malnutrition.

The children of Central African Republic have long suffered from malnutrition due to the ravages of the civil war that has divided the country since 2013. But at St. Joseph Health Centre in Bangui, under the direction of Sister Margherita Floris, there is hope growing in the form of algae spirulina.

According to PBS Newshour, "The nuns of the centre, who serve women and children with pre- and post-natal care, do their best to alleviate the suffering of children with acute malnutrition. They have literally taken matters into their own hands."

Using a French pharmacist's formula, the nuns produce vitamin-rich green algae spirulina in their own backyard. The spirulina contains all of the essential amino acids plus minerals such as iron, and it is a good source of protein.

Sister Margherita’s eyes sparkle with satisfaction as she tells me “none of our babies die anymore, we have a huge success with this.”

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