PDX Private Funds: Mobile Nutrition Teams

Mercy Corps will address the immediate and mounting needs of the affected-communities through the deployment of an additional mobile health and nutrition team in Afdem district of Shinile zone – Somali region, that will facilitate the following activities: • Screening of beneficiaries for Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) for classification as Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM, characterized by a MUAC <110mm), Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM, characterized by a MUAC <12.5) or stable status; • Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM); • Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) for Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) to distribute corn-soy blend cereal (gelatinized cornmeal and wheat protein concentrate) and oil; • Consultation/treatment of minor illness to communities that would not otherwise have access to these services. The leading diseases treated are respiratory tract infection, diarrhea diseases, skin infection and clinical malaria; • Immunization coverage contributes to both national and international efforts to control, eradicate and eliminate vaccine preventable diseases for mothers and children. Many of these diseases exacerbate the poor health of malnourished children and are often associated with increased mortality among children under age 5; • Health education/promotion activities are blended with the other mobile health services to ensure positive behavior change that will lead to sustainable health improvements in children; • Post-natal care; • Referrals of complicated cases; • On-the-job training of Regional Health Bureau staff.

Locations

  • Ethiopia>Somali

Sectors

  • Food Aid
  • Health

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