Still reeling from a severe drought that devastated the Horn of Africa in 2011 pregnant or nursing women and children are suffering from moderate to severe malnourishment in many parts of Kenya. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development runs 45 outpatient sites and 5 inpatient locations to treat malnourished children in Garissa County with funding support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN’s World Food Program (WFP). This nutrition program, which is carried out in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH), also treats malnourished pregnant women and nursing mothers and includes outreach trips to more isolated villages. Besides providing the nutritional support Mercy-USA’s health and nutrition workers and volunteers train the caregivers of admitted children, as well as the general community on factors that affect nutrition including diet, breastfeeding, hygiene, sanitation and access to safe water.
Through June 2013, Mercy-USA, in partnership with the MoH, ran 210 sites to treat malnourished children in four counties (Garissa, Kajiado, Kwale and Mwingi) within Kenya with grant funding from the US Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and UNICEF. Since July 2013, Mercy-USA is managing 50 sites after the Kenyan MoH was able to run the remaining sites without our assistance.
Statistics that Matter
As of December 31, 2013, over 31,000 children under the age of five suffering from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and 12,500 suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted into the selective feeding program. In addition, 12,000 pregnant women and nursing mothers have also been admitted into the program. The children with SAM are given ready to use therapeutic foods like Plumpy’Nut weekly, while those with MAM are given UNIMIX biweekly. Both are specialized food for malnourished children.
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