Follow up to our Phase One Intervention in Keffi Nasarawa state, which was carried out in 4 sessions, based on the survey report gathered from community situation analysis read here ; we are glad to announce that the Phase two Intervention has commenced.
On the 9th of February 2018, Feed To Grow in Partnership with Nasarawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) enrolled their first batch of malnourished children into a UNICEF sponsored Out Patient Therapeutic programmme, set up across five (5) centers in Keffi, Nasarawa state.
We have so far, recorded physical, health and nutritional improvement in the majority of the malnourished children enrolled into the program. Sadly, on the 17th of march, we lost Hassan, a 2 year old twin to complications of malnutrition read here. This loss has spurred up an increase in accountability and effectiveness of the monitoring and evaluation program.
Furthermore, our partner Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH), has consistently carried out series of training for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) towards a safer maternal delivery. In addition to this, they have provided family planning counseling sessions to mothers and women of reproductive age, making family planning Commodities available to them.
Having discussed progress and challenges with the team and mothers of our beneficiaries, some of the challenges experienced thus far in this phase of Intervention, points towards lack of financial stability and support for the mothers. These mothers expressed difficulty with being consistent in the program, as they cannot afford transportation , even to the nearest OTP center.
Part of our Phase two Intervention is structured to provide a support system for the mothers of our beneficiaries, most especially those who have showed commitment and great desire towards their child(ren)’s recovery. This aspect of the intervention is yet to commence, largely due to lack of funds, but it is a priority need, to prevent our rehabilitated children from relapsing, as a result of unsustainable support from their guardians.
We are committed to doing much more for these malnourished children and their mothers, but we cannot achieve this without your support. We are currently taking donations, towards the support program, for the mothers of our beneficiaries, in Keffi.
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