South Sudan: RMF UNICEF Malnutrition Treatment and Prevention Program Jonglei State
605 Children Enrolled in Feeding Program: Q3 2017
January 08, 2018
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
RMF-sponsored activities carried out during this reporting period:
- Conducted a nutrition SMART survey for Ayod County; data collection and analysis were completed successfully.
- Established an OTP/TSFP in Koutang of Pajiek Payam, Ayod County, which is now providing quality CMAM/IYCF services for IDPs from Kuach Deng, as well as the host communities.
- Conducted a rapid needs assessment of Mogok, an area where RMF suspended operations in March 2017 due to insurgency in the area. The findings are to be used for planning, to enable reestablishment of the site in the fourth quarter of 2017.
- Facilitated the participation of RMF in the joint rapid response mechanism mission conducted by WFP and UNICEF in Ayod County during the reporting quarter.
- Coordinated and received nutrition M&E tools from IMA World Health as in-kind donations.
- Supported the operation of all nutrition centers in Ayod and Boma.
- Procured and provided adequate stationery for the OTP/SC/TSFP sites in Ayod and Boma.
- Continued to support satellite phone services through payment of monthly subscription fees, as this is the only means of communication in those hard to reach areas where RMF works and where routine phone services are not available.
- Procured and delivered an adequate amount of essential foodstuffs for RMF’s relocated staff members (those recruited from Juba and deployed to Ayod and Boma) where basic commodities are not available.
- Supported the welfare of relocated nutrition staff members in Ayod and Boma.
- Continued to procure and provide in-kind support (soaps, salt, and sitting mats) for the infant and young child feeding (IYCF) mother-to-mother support groups.
- Improved storage and accommodation facilities at OTP/TSFP/SC sites in Ayod and Boma.
- Facilitated in-country travel of nutrition staff between Juba and different nutrition centers in Ayod and Boma with UNHAS flights.
- Coordinated and delivered nutrition supplies to RMF sites in Ayod and Boma through the logistic cluster and regular UNHAS flights.
- Continued support of high-speed Wi-Fi internet service in the Juba office and in Jiech and Boma to enable easy communication and coordination.
- Continued facilitation of RMF’s team to participate in all coordination activities/meetings at national and state levels.
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Boma and Ayod
The communities in Boma and Ayod in particular continue to benefit from our services. During the reporting quarter, a total of 202 SAM and 403 MAM children, as well as 267 PLW were enrolled in our feeding program, hence improving quality of life for children and pregnant and lactating women.
South Sudan Humanitarian Fund
RMF South Sudan won a grant from the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund and entered into an agreement with UNDP to strengthen the nutrition intervention in Ayod County.
Nutrition SMART Survey
Data collection and analysis for the Ayod nutrition SMART survey were successfully completed by the end of this reporting quarter, and a preliminary report was shared with the Nutrition Information Working Group. The final survey results will be released in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Providing Quality Services
- 3 existing OTPs, 3 TSFPs, 1 SC, and newly opened OTP/TSFP sites in Ayod were maintained and remained operational, all providing quality CMAM and IYCF services.
- 3 existing OTPs and TSFPs in Boma were maintained and continued providing quality CMAM and IYCF services.
Nutrition Saves Lives
- 7,694 and 3,933 children under 5 were screened for signs of acute malnutrition during the third quarter in Ayod and Boma counties, respectively.
- 103 and 99 severely acute malnourished (SAM) children were identified and referred to OTPs in Ayod and Boma, respectively, for management during this reporting quarter.
- 334 and 69 moderately acute malnourished (MAM) children in Ayod and Boma counties, respectively, were enrolled in a supplementary feeding program during this quarter.
Nutrition and Education
- 3,803 and 1,790 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) were screened for signs of acute malnutrition in Ayod and Boma counties, respectively.
- 265 and 2 pregnant and lactating women were enrolled in a supplementary feeding program in Ayod and Boma counties, respectively, during the reporting quarter.
- 564 and 231 mothers and caregivers in Ayod and Boma, respectively, received appropriate messages on IYCF, strengthening malnutrition prevention measures.
- 9 and 6 IYCF mother-to-mother support groups in Ayod and Boma, respectively, were supported and continued to deliver IYCF services.