South Sudan: RMF UNICEF Malnutrition Treatment and Prevention Program Jonglei State

RMF/UNICEF Malnutrition Treatment and Prevention Project Q1 2016

June 27, 2016
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale


Summary of Activities
Project Goals

The overall goal of this project is to reduce the GAM (General Acute Malnutrition) rate to an acceptable level of less than 15% in each of the Payams assigned to RMF. This will be in line with standards set by South Sudan National Nutrition Program.

Project Objectives
  • To provide lifesaving nutrition services for acutely malnourished children (boys and girls) less than 5 years of age
  • To prevent malnutrition in early childhood through promotion of improved infant and young child feeding, care giving and care seeking practices at the facility, community and family level
  • To prevent and treat micronutrient deficiency disorders in children through provision of multiple micronutrient supplementation, Vitamin A and deworming campaigns in the assigned areas
  • To strengthen the capacity of the County Health Department (CHD) and provide appropriate resources for the initiation and integration of nutrition services into existing Primary Health Care as well as linking nutrition interventions in the health system in the targeted counties
People Served
  • 7 Outpatient Therapeutic Programs (OTPs) and 2 Stabilization Centers (SCs) continued to
    function and provide CMAM (Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Model) services for children under 5 and PLW (Pregnant and Lactating Women)
  • 12,153 children under 5 screened for signs of malnutrition
  • 695 severely acute malnourished (SAM) children referred to OTPs for management
  • 37 SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) children with medical complications referred for management in the two stabilization centers
  • 526 children received deworming tablets
  • 530 children received vitamin A supplementation
  • 78% of the admitted SAM cases fully recovered
  • 84 community mobilization sessions conducted
  • 5 mass screening sessions conducted
  • 84 community mobilization sessions conducted
  • 18 community nutrition volunteers received refresher training on screening criteria with more emphasis on application of MUAC tool
  • 636 mothers and caretakers received appropriate messages on IYCF, strengthening malnutrition prevention measures
  • 8 mother-to- mother support groups were facilitated and continued to deliver services

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Results &

Accomplishments


  • CMAM Services

    Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Model
    • 7 Outpatient Therapeutic Programs and 2 Stabilization Centers continued to
      function and provide CMAM services for children under 5 and PLW (Pregnant and Lactating Women)
    • 12,153 children under 5 screened for signs of malnutrition
    • 695 SAM children referred to OTPs for management
    • 37 SAM children with medical complications referred for management in the two stabilization centers
    • 78% of the admitted SAM cases fully recovered
  • mother to mother support group meeting

    Support Groups

    Mother to Mother
    • 8 mother-to- mother support groups were facilitated and continued to deliver services
    • Attendance incentives included soap and sitting mats
    • Adequate training was provided on how to perform the tasks assigned to them, especially in promoting IYCF (Infant and Young Child Feeding) services
  • measuring blood pressure of SAM child

    Coordination and Cooperation

    New Staff, New Partnerships
    • Interviewed and recruited local staff from our areas of operation to support the trained CMAM nurses from Juba
    • Coordinated RMF nutrition activities with UNICEF, UN agencies, nutrition cluster, and other nutrition partners both at the national and state levels
    • Coordinated and signed partnership agreement (Field Level Agreement) with World Food Program (WFP) for implementation of TSFP activities in Ayod and Boma counties
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    Supplies

    Continuing to Meet Needs
    • Locally constructed grass thatched houses provide adequate accommodation facilities in Ayod for nutrition staff
    • Water purifying equipment provides field based teams clean, safe drinking water
    • Solar lighting systems provide reliable sources of power for charging Thuraya phones (in the fiels) and office equipment (as backup)
    • Desktop computers and high speed WIFI are benefiting nutrition staff
    • Monthly payment of Thuraya subscription fees to enable effective communication without interruptions
    • Replenishment of nutrition supplies in all our OTP and SC sites arrive through chartered commercial and UNHAS operated aircrafts
    • Essential foodstuffs are provided to all our TFP sites
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Numbers

Served

Direct Beneficiaries

Approximately 140,517 people living in the payams (projected from the 2008 South Sudan Population and Housing Census)

The project aims to provide treatment and multi-micronutrients to about 4,283 Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) children and to provide Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) messages to 19,632 mothers/caretakers in the two counties.

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