By Laure Poinsot, UNICEF CHAD
outreach are targeting the vicious circle of disease
and malnutrition in Chad.
Scaling up the response
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The programme is reaching out to the growing number
of malnourished children in Chad.
UNICEF recruits, trains and deploys paramedics. It also supports establishing therapeutic nutrition centres and outpatient nutrition centres, setting up nutrition outreach efforts and purchasing supplies.
Screening and treatment for malnutrition
The success in Guera region is largely the result of careful screening of children at the community level and at health centres to make sure they receive the treatment they need – when they need it. Children are tested for malnutrition by checking their height and weight, the circumference of their mid-upper arm and any swelling. Depending on the results, they may be admitted into the nutrition programme.
“The others can benefit from our programme and receive packets of therapeutic product. They must return every week until they’re cured.”
Outreach in communities
Once the children are back home, outreach volunteers monitor progress throughout the treatment period. They also teach families about good hygiene and nutrition, to keep the problem from recurring.