Outreach clinics find and treat malnourished child
By Dr. Angelo Tomedi - Project Leader
Mother and child in an outreach clinic
In the poverty-stricken semi-arid region of eastern Kenya child hunger and malnutrition are common problems. Many of the malnourished children would die from complications of poor nutrition and infection if treatment is not started. The first step is to identify the children who need treatment in the isolated villages. Kenyan nurses and GHP volunteers, along with local Community Health Workers (CHWs), weigh and measure the children and provide treatment with therapeutic food (Plumpy’nut or Plumpy’sup). The CHWs have been trained to monitor child growth to assess the response to the treatment program. During the three months since our last report (July, August, and September), GHP has implemented 6 outreach clinics. A total of 269 children were seen and their nutrition status assessed in these clinics, and 17 of these young children were treated for malnutrition through the therapeutic feeding program. Immunizations and treatment for worms were also given to the children.
In addition to the therapeutic feeding for malnourished children, 24 families are enrolled in the GHP program of feeding the poorest. These families receive a monthly food ration, plus the support needed for their children to stay in school.
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