South Sudan: RMF UNICEF Malnutrition Treatment and Prevention Program Jonglei State
RMF Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week in Pibor: Q3 2019
November 18, 2019
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- A perimeter fence was constructed with iron sheets for the Gorwai stabilization center and staff compound.
- 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. This enhances communication and coordination of RMF’s programs and program sites.
- Procured and delivered an adequate amount of essential foodstuffs for RMF’s relocated staff members (those recruited from Juba and deployed in Ayod and Boma) where basic commodities are not available.
- Supported the welfare of relocated nutrition staff members in Ayod and Boma.
- 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.
- 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. This was done through maintenance of the equipment and payment of monthly subscription fees.
- Continued facilitation of RMF’s team to actively participate in nutrition cluster activities and meetings at national and state levels.
- RMF supported the installation of UN/WFP Rubb halls in all its TSFP sites.
- 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.
RMF joined Pibor County in a grand celebration of World Breastfeeding Week in August.
The RMF team conducting mass community awareness on best breastfeeding practices. RMF’s locally trained staff providing individual counseling on breastfeeding practices.
Caring for Children
Deworming and Supplements
9,834 and 4,032 children aged 6–59 months received vitamin A supplements to prevent micronutrient deficiency and other complications in Ayod and Pibor, respectively.
7,723 and 3,254 children aged 12–59 months received deworming regimens in Ayod and Pibor, respectively.
With support from RMF headquarters, all our CMAM sites in both Ayod and Pibor were fully funded in terms of operating costs throughout the reporting quarter.
425 and 490 severely acute malnourished (SAM) children were identified and admitted to OTPs in Ayod and Boma, respectively, for therapeutic management during this reporting quarter.
Maintaining and Supporting
In Pibor County, the existing 6 OTP/TSFPs and 1 stabilization center were maintained and continued to provide lifesaving nutrition services with support from WCF, WFP, UNICEF, CHF, and RMF headquarters.
In Ayod County, the existing 9 OTP/TSFPs and 2 stabilization centers were maintained and continued to provide lifesaving nutrition services with support from WCF, WFP, UNICEF, CHF, and RMF headquarters. The 1 stabilization center in Jiech is still under construction.
MIYCN mother-to-mother support groups in Ayod and Boma results/performance:
- 2,317 and 2,083 primary caregivers of children aged 0–23 months received MIYCN counseling in Ayod and Pibor, respectively.
- 2,621 and 2,109 PLW received basic MIYCN individual counseling on special needs and the prevention of acute malnutrition in Ayod and Pibor, respectively.
- 4,704 and 2,016 pregnant women received iron/folate supplements to prevent anemia and other complications in Ayod and Pibor, respectively.
Extended Nutrition Push
Project development and staffing were strengthened, as earlier this year, 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.
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24,643 Children Under 5 Screened
- 16,758 in Ayod
- 7,885 in Boma
915 SAM Children Treated
- 425 in Ayod
- 490 in Boma
1,806 MAM Children Treated
- 1,297 in Ayod
- 509 in Boma
1,706 PLW Enrolled in Supplementary Feeding Program
- 1,261 in Ayod
- 445 in Boma