May 12, 2021

Second quarterly report

1.1   Child and Family Foundation Uganda (CFU) and together with the entire staff as a team are delighted to share the second report of SAVING LIVES OF MALNOURISHED CHILDREN IN UGANDA at https://goto.gg/48930and below are the results/ What we have done so far. We have screened 720 children and of all these, we identified 173 children from the community with acute malnutrition, 82 children have been treated and they have recovered however, 38 children have defaulted and need to be traced by the village health teams to ensure the children do not regress into a deathly state. We, therefore, need to support the village health workers to follow up on these children so they don't die in the community. 

In addition, mothers' knowledge on malnutrition causes was improved through health education sessions by CFU staff. Several mothers were not aware of malnutrition and its causes. The health education session helped these mothers to change some of their behaviors and sought to feed the children on a healthy diet.

A mother with a child named Authority Jonah (name disguised) is up to now still wondering what we gave to her child that made him walk and gain weight after a period of 2 years of not walking. We assessed the child and was found to be with severe acute malnutrition with complications which we treated by giving the boy Ready to use feeds (RUTF) after the management of complications. We monitored the boy every two weeks for six weeks and the boy was responded well. We later educated her on how to maintain the child’s diet as it has been using local foods and then the child was discharged. A month later, the mother requested to work as our agent and we trained her to be among our village health team (VHT)

 One of the village health team members who go out to screen children in the community every week was thankful “ever since CFU came to our community, people are now taking nutrition seriously. Before CFU came into our community, it was difficult to convince the community members on our own as VHTs. I know some family members who have benefitted from CFU nutrition services and they are very grateful”.  In the same vein, CFU thanks everyone for donating to this project. All the 173 malnourished children received ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) and medical treatments. Eighty- two children have completely recovered and caught up with their milestones.

To identify more children with malnutrition like Jonah, is through the support and donations from the GlobalGiving platform. Support our project interventions at https://goto.gg/48930to enable us scale up the project interventions to reach more children and parents who are not aware that malnutrition is bad for their children if not managed in good time.  

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Mar 22, 2021

Health and Social Needs Assessment of Adolescents

Adolescent and Youth Group Discussions
Adolescent and Youth Group Discussions

Child and Family Foundation Uganda (CFU) staff as a team are excited to share this first report of supporting health needs of 1000 adolescents in rural Kamuli Uganda at https://goto.gg/50405with support from GlobalGiving donors and supporters. The donations from GlobalGiving has enabled the CFU Team in Kamuli district Busoga region, Eastern Uganda conduct a needs assessment among 30 adolescents and youths with age from 10 years to 19 years. Busoga region is one of the regions with high levels of teenage pregnancy and school drop-outs in Uganda.

Group discussions with the adolescents and their leaders revealed that nearly half (43%) are in school and struggling to sustain school fees/tuition to remain in school, Young girls are challenged with accessing sanitary pads for menstrual hygiene. Youths who are out of school lack support to earn income or to be occupied with developmental activities. Youths who are involved in income generating activities do work faming with parents, brick making, poultry keeping, chapatti selling, working in a barber kiosk, sanitary pad craft making and hair dressing.

The adolescents and youths requested to be supported with following – counseling and guidance on how to grow and become responsible adults, succeed in education, social entrepreneurship, develop skills to earn a living, avoid early sex and pregnancy. They requested for CFU to set-up a youth center for skilling and development of their crafts including production of sanitary pads and slippers/flippers. Production of sanitary pads will be a source of income and as community contribution to improve access to sanitary hygiene for young girls and women. They requested for start-up capital to start or enhance income generating activities.

During the preparation for the needs assessment and later scale-up of the project activities, CFU administration oriented and trained 9 technical staff, 2 support staff, and 3 youths leaders to support the initial launch of the project activities.

We thank everyone donating towards this project as at inception, we have established the basic needs for adolescents and youth in the community. We are using this information to plan the initial activity interventions, community entry points, identify and train youth leaders and stakeholders to work with.

We are motivated with the GlobalGiving donations and support. Support our project interventions at https://goto.gg/50405to enable us initiate strategic intervention activities to reach the desired targets, follow-up of adolescent girls and boys and youth groups with needed information in health and other social services, income generating skills and activities to reduce school drop-outs, teenage pregnancy and other consequences.

Youth shyfully requesting for start-up capital
Youth shyfully requesting for start-up capital
Youth narrating challenges of life with single mum
Youth narrating challenges of life with single mum
Adolescent describing urgent need for school fees
Adolescent describing urgent need for school fees
Boy narrated droping out of school because of fees
Boy narrated droping out of school because of fees
Girl seeking support for sanitary pads
Girl seeking support for sanitary pads
Youth leader reading a list of summarized needs
Youth leader reading a list of summarized needs
Group photo
Group photo
Group photo of adolescents
Group photo of adolescents

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Jan 12, 2021

Initial Report Save Live of Malnourished Children

Village Health Workers screen for malnutrition
Village Health Workers screen for malnutrition

Child and Family Foundation Uganda (CFU) Launches Saving Lives of Malnourished Children in Uganda

 

Child and Family Foundation Uganda (CFU) and together with the entire staff as a team are delighted to share this first report of SAVING LIVES OF MALNOURISHED CHILDREN IN UGANDA at https://goto.gg/48930 with support from GlobalGiving donors and supporters. The donations from GlobalGiving has enabled the CFU Team launch the screening of 52 children from poor families and identified 17 malnourished children in slum settlements of Kawempe North in Kampala city and in rural Nawansaso parish in Kamuli district in Eastern Uganda where children with malnutrition is high.

In preparation for the launch and later scale-up of the project activities, CFU has together trained 18 technical staff and 20 community health workers referred to as village health teams (VHTs) and sensitized community leaders in Kawempe North in Kampala city and in rural Nawansaso parish in Kamuli district. During the training and launch, VHTs were trained in screening and identification of children with malnutrition using the standard and recommended mid-upper-arm circumference (MUAC) tape and assessment of swelling for both feet as shown in this photograph.

We thank everyone donating towards this project as in this little time, we have established the foundation to scale-up the project activities. All the 17 malnourished children received ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) and medical treatments. All the 52 screened children received supplementary foods through our trained technical and VHT staff. The caretakers or mothers received knowledge on nutrition and disease prevention.

We are motivated with the GlobalGiving donations and support. Support our project interventions at https://goto.gg/48930 to enable us scale-up the project interventions to reach the desired targets, follow-up the identified malnourished children till recovery and empower affected families or caretakers with income generating skills and activities to prevent recurrences of malnutrition, other disease conditions and poverty.

Village Health Workers assess swelling of feet
Village Health Workers assess swelling of feet
Ready-to-Use Food for children
Ready-to-Use Food for children
Preparing Nutritious Meal for a Child at Home
Preparing Nutritious Meal for a Child at Home
CFU Trained Village Health Workers
CFU Trained Village Health Workers
Client registration
Client registration
Trained CFU VHTs and Facilitators
Trained CFU VHTs and Facilitators

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