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.