Feed To Grow made its first visit to Tudunkofa, September the 3rd 2016, on a referral from youth corp members serving in the community. Being guided by our structural approach, we proceeded by conducting a risk assessment, which also involved meeting with the Maingwas (community Leaders), youth leaders and heads of homes, discussing our mission and establishing their willingness to work with us towards a sustainable impact.
Follow up to this visit, we returned to Tudunkofa, conducting a situation analysis, using a stratified random sampling survey method, with report establishing the root causes of malnutrition in children under age 5 and maternal mothers in the community. One of our major challenges during the assessment was the issue of language barrier, which we were able to solve through the help of the community health workers.
On the 23rd November 2017, Feed To Grow in partnership with TRAFFINA Foundation and Nasarawa state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, carried out a phase one malnutrition intervention in Tudunkofa community. This intervention which was organized during the Nutrition and Health Survey week, held at the Emirs Palace with the Emir and community leaders all in attendance.
The intervention was broken down in 4 sessions based on the data collected from the situation analysis. These sessions were:
1. Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) training and education on locally accessible nutritious food and methods of preparation.
2. Water, sanitation and proper hygiene awareness
3. Family planning awareness and training of the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA)
4. Anthropometric measurement assessing malnutrition in children aged 6 – 59 months using Mid-Upper arm circumference (MUAC) and Bilateral Edema measuring parameters.
All four sessions were very productive and impactful with various resource persons handling these sessions at stipulated timing.
One of our major highlights, was having the men in attendance alongside the Emir and community leaders sitting throughout all four sessions. Contrary to a popular perception, the men participated in the family planning session, asking key questions and showing interest towards a better home planning.
We had over 600 people in attendance with majority of them women and children. Over 90 children within age 6-59 months were accessed with 15 of them listed as beneficiaries of our phase two intervention program. The TBA training recorded more than 25 women in attendance with their information data collected for follow up.
With over 30 volunteers and resource persons present during the phase one intervention, we were able to brilliantly take note and proceed plans towards the second phase of intervention in Tudunkofa.
As our core values highlights the effectiveness of a sustainable impact rather than pace, the need for a phase two intervention in Tudunkofa is critical. Report collected from The anthropometric measurement assessing malnutrition in children 6-59 months recorded a total of 15 children with Severe Acute malnutrition, Mild Acute Malnutrition and Borderline Malnutrition without an associating history of Bilateral Edema. For these special children and the urgency of their cases, we are planning a therapeutic feeding program which would last for a period of 4 months.
In the understanding that the key causes of malnutrition in these children are multi sectorial, we plan to address some of these issues by Empowering their mothers through an empowerment scheme program, as well as organizing psychological consults and follow up, as their mental health is needful for a sustainable impact and development.
Furthermore, in addition to the above plans for the phase two intervention, Feed To Grow will be setting up a council meeting with the Emir, key leaders and husbands of these beneficiaries in attendance, to understand and resolve any issue detrimental to the health of the children because we need the husbands on board to achieve a sustainable impact.
The Phase two intervention requires a quick response which is highly dependent on funds for a timely effective impact. As a volunteer driven non profit organization, Feed To Grow has been able to achieve much thus far through the generous donations,sponsorships and partnerships from individuals, organizations and institutions as yours. We once more, kindly implore you to rise to the occasion and help us restore these special children and their mothers by donating towards this phase two intervention.
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