INTERGRATED MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE MULNUTRITION
- Published: Tuesday, 10 July 2018 05:41
Adequate nutrition is essential in early childhood to ensure healthy growth, proper organ formation and function, a strong immune system, and neurological and cognitive development.
Economic growth and human development require well nourished populations who can learn new skills, think critically and contribute to their communities. Child malnutrition impacts cognitive function and contributes to poverty through impeding individuals’ ability to lead productive lives. In addition, it is estimated that more than one-third of under-five deaths are attributable to under nutrition.
Most people don’t even realize that they have malnourished children mostly because they have limited knowledge on nutrition skills or they do not even care of what nutritionist tell them, this mostly happens to those people who come from the less privileged areas where a full course meal is considered a luxury that come in once in a blue moon.
Ruben centre in conjunction with international rescue committee for the past one year has been helping parents with malnourished children in the Mukuru kwa Ruben community with supplements’ and nutrients to help their children.
This study started in March last year being carried out in twelve health facilities in Kenya and the Ruben clinic was one of them. The participants were three thousand six hundred children aged from six months to fifty nine months with uncomplicated acute mulnutrition.
The combined protocol for acute mulnutrition study (ComPAS) aims to simplify and unify the treatment of uncomplicated severe and moderate acute mulnutrition (SAM and MAM,) for children from six to fifty nine months into one protocol in order to improve the global coverage, quality, continuity of care and cost effectiveness of acute mulnutrition treatment in resource constrained settings. The data collection face ended in June 2018 and we are now awaiting data analysis and feedback.