South Sudan: RMF UNICEF Malnutrition Treatment and Prevention Program Jonglei State
10 Rubb Halls Installed for Supply Storage: Q2 2019
August 09, 2019
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- In Pibor County, additional funding from Common Humanitarian Funds (CHF) strengthened WCF, WFP,
UNICEF, and RMF’s support and maintenance of the existing 6 Community Management of Acute
Malnutrition (CMAM) centers and 1 stabilization center. All locations continue to provide quality, lifesaving nutrition interventions in Pibor County.
- In Ayod County, the existing 9 CMAM centers and 2 stabilization centers were maintained. We also began work to reestablish 1 additional stabilization center in Jiech, which had been damaged by strong winds.
- In both Ayod and Pibor, RMF procured and supplied all malnutrition treatment and prevention centers with adequate stationery and other items to facilitate effective operations.
- Continued to support satellite phone services for all 15 centers through payment of monthly subscription fees in those hard to reach areas where RMF works and where regular phone services are not available.
- Procured and delivered an adequate amount of essential foodstuffs for RMF’s relocated staff members where basic commodities are not available.
- Facilitated routine in-country travel of nutrition staff between Juba and different nutrition centers in Ayod and Boma with UNHAS flights.
- Continued support of high-speed Wi-Fi internet service in the Juba office, as well as field sites in Jiech, Gorwai, Boma, and Mogok, to enable easy communication, coordination, and reporting through monthly subscription and maintenance.
- Program reporting and coordination continued to function at a high level, thanks to the high-speed Wi-Fi
internet service installed and maintained by RMF at Gorwai, Boma and Mogok.
- Project development and staffing were strengthened, as in the previous quarter, RMF South Sudan extended our funding period under CHF/UNDP/UNOCHA to implement the emergency nutrition intervention for another 6 months in Pibor County, effective from March 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019. More than 50 staff members were retained to continue delivering quality services under this project.
- Solar power was maintained to provide easy nighttime ward management in Jiech, Mogok, Boma, and
Gorwai. This has greatly benefitted the wellbeing and care of stabilization center clients.
- Essential medicines, drugs, and other pediatric medical consumables were procured and distributed to all SCs across the two counties.
- LifeStraw water purifiers were procured and supplied to all 4 stabilization centers (SCs) across the two
10 New Halls Installed
Storing Life-Saving Supplies
In collaboration with WFP, we installed Rubb halls in 10 of our OTP/TSFP treatment centers, which will be used for storing supplies. Some of the supplies that are stored include antibiotics, saline, antimalarials, multivitamins, and antihistamines. We provide many other consumables as well, including midwifery kits, to support in case of emergency.
Education and In-Kind Support
38 and 13 MIYCN mother-to-mother support groups in Ayod and Boma were supported (with knowledge and in-kind materials) and continued to deliver MIYCN services. We also procured and provided in-kind support (soaps, salt, and sitting mats) to the infant and young child feeding (IYCF) mother-to-mother support groups at all our sites in both Ayod and Boma.
Helping Sick Children
Acute Care Provided
RMF’s stabilization centers (SCs) in Ayod and Boma provide a range of medical services for children suffering from acute malnutrition with medical complications. All of our outpatient therapeutic program (OTP) sites screen acutely malnourished children for malaria and provide appropriate treatment based on the South Sudan Ministry of Health’s policies.
Perimeter Fence Constructed
Gorwai Stabilization Center
A perimeter fence was constructed with iron sheets for the Gorwai stabilization center and staff compound this quarter. Gorwai Stabilization Center remains busy, offering 24-hour services.
Through continuous nutrition education and IYCF messages, the communities in these areas are now learning more about appropriate feeding behaviors and valuable local food sources that they were previously unaware of; communities are no longer solely dependent on the traditional food sources of milk, meat, and sorghum.
Field Staff Supported
Supportive Supervision Ensures Quality Care
We continued facilitation of RMF’s team to actively participate in nutrition cluster activities and meetings at national and state levels. Also, the RMF M&E Coordinator and program managers visited all field sites to offer supportive supervision and on-the-job training to field staff.
Click to enlarge
Total Children Screened
April – June 2019
21,840 Children Under Five Screened
- 16,251 in Ayod
- 5,589 in Boma
Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)
April – June 2019
741 SAM Children Treated
- 418 in Ayod
- 323 in Boma
Children with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM)
April – June 2019
1,590 MAM Children Enrolled in Supplementary Feeding Program
- 967 in Ayod
- 623 in Boma
Total Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW)
April – June 2019
1,161 PLW Enrolled in Supplementary Feeding Program
- 715 in Ayod
- 446 in Boma
Restoring Children’s Health
137 SAM Children Saved
In the second quarter of 2019, a total of 137 severely malnourished children with medical complications, who were facing death, were saved by RMFs quality inpatient management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). In addition, a total of 741 severely malnourished children without medical complications were enrolled in outpatient treatment programs to prevent their condition from worsening and to restore them to health. It is our hope that these children will contribute to a better future for South Sudan.