Just received from our colleagues in Chad, an update on Merlin's new Stabilization Unit & Feeding Center in Massaguet.
The Center has now been set up inside Massaguet Hospital - it is a 32 bed ward, with lots of space around the beds so that feeding and medicine trollies can be pushed around the ward with ease, local health staff have space to care for patients and family members can stay by the patients bedsides throughout the day and night if they wish.
This is where children are brought by their families when they are severely malnourished - referred to the Center by mobile clinic teams (see below). These children are in dire need of a managed amount of nutritional intake over a number of days - if these children were not able to stay at the Center, many would sadly end up dying.
A milk room and kitchen are being created next to the ward, so that staff can make up and deliver supplementary feeds quickly to patients' beds. A water tower has also been built, so that there is continual supply of clean, drinkable water. The next priority is to acquire a generator, so the center has electricity 24/7.
Training of local staff
Other Merlin staff have been involved in training local staff to be part of the mobile clinics offering outreach health and feeding programs. Involving local staff allows Merlin to have a deeper understanding of local cultures and traditions, they also help to secure and build trust quickly and effectively with remote rural communities.
More updates will follow over the next few months.
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