Rova’s story: Back to health
Rova is five years old and loves food – her favourite by far is carrots. They’re only a recent addition to the patch of land behind their home in Antsirabe, Madagascar, but they’ve quickly become her favourite.
As a baby Rova mainly ate rice, and although this gave her enough calories to live, it didn’t give her of the vital nutrients she needed to grow up healthy and strong. As a result, she became malnourished.
But over the last few years, Rova and her mum, Louva, have been attending a local Unicef-supported nutrition centre. Here, Rova plays with friends while nurses support Louva and teach her and other parents about the importance of nutrient-rich diets for their children.