South Sudan: RMF UNICEF Malnutrition Treatment and Prevention Program Jonglei State
1,493 Malnourished Children Identified and Treated: Q4 2017
February 13, 2018
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
- In collaboration with Action Against Hunger (ACF), RMF reestablished the Mogok CMAM center, which provides complete CMAM packages to the community in Mogok and neighboring areas.
- Recruited and trained a new nutrition team (both technical and support staff) and deployed them to Mogok following reestablishment of the site.
- Facilitated the maintenance of our CMAM sites in Ayod and Boma throughout the reporting quarter.
- Supported the operations of all nutrition centers in Ayod and Boma.
- Procured and provided adequate stationery for the OTP/SC/TSFP sites in Ayod and Boma.
- Supported the welfare of relocated nutrition staff members in Ayod and Boma.
- Procured and provided in-kind support (soaps, salt, and sitting mats) for the infant and young child feeding (IYCF) mother-to-mother support groups.
- Facilitated in-country travel of nutrition staff between Juba and different nutrition centers in Ayod and Boma with UNHAS flights.
- Coordinated and delivered adequate nutrition supplies to RMF sites in Ayod and Boma through the logistics cluster and regular UNHAS flights.
- Facilitated the process of validating the Ayod nutrition SMART survey conducted in the previous quarter.
- 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.
Malnourished Children Receive Care
1,493 Identified and Treated
- 350 and 191 severely acute malnourished (SAM) children were identified and referred to OTPs in Ayod and Boma, respectively, for therapeutic management during this reporting quarter.
- 665 and 287 moderately acute malnourished (MAM) children in Ayod and Boma counties, respectively, were enrolled in a supplementary feeding program during this quarter.
Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW)
Screening and Enrollment in Feeding Program
- 4,931 and 3,080 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) were screened for signs of acute malnutrition in Ayod and Boma counties, respectively.
- 444 and 195 pregnant and lactating women were enrolled in a supplementary feeding program in Ayod and Boma counties, respectively, during the reporting quarter.
Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
Education and Prevention
- 2,766 and 2,067 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.
Providing for Relocated Staff
RMF’s relocated staff in various nutrition treatment centers of Ayod and Boma received adequate essential foodstuffs from Juba and continued to provide quality CMAM and IYCF services. (All our areas of intervention are hard to reach, and purchasing basic foodstuffs there is not possible.)
Partnership With UNICEF/WFP
Joint Rapid Response Mechanism Mission
RMF participated in the joint rapid response mechanism mission conducted in Ayod by UNICEF/WFP, during which our nutrition staff members were mentored and a number of SAM/MAM children and PLW were enrolled in the feeding program.
Communication and Coordination
Internet and Satelite Phone
- RMF’s Juba-based team, visiting nutrition staff from the various field locations, and JTH staff continued benefiting from the high-speed Wi-Fi internet service installed in RMF’s Juba office.
- RMF’s field teams in Jiech and Boma continued to benefit from the internet service provided in coordination with CMD and VSF, which have a mutual agreement with RMF for the service.
- RMF continued to support the 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.