Helping train up mothers and caregivers to diagnose children with malnutrition so they can get the help they need.
In the arid and semi-arid areas of Northern Kenya the effects of drought-related food insecurity are manifested in high maternal and child malnutrition. In order to address the formidable geographic access barriers faced by the pastoralist population, Concern together with the Ministry of Health has defined an intervention package to facilitate capacity building of mothers to screen and refer their children for nutrition management. We’ve learned from our partners that home is a vital frontline in the fight against hunger. The CeaSurge project teaches mothers and caregivers in pastoralist communities to screen their children for signs of acute malnutrition using a MUAC (mid-upper arm circumference) screening band. A big part of the project is to test whether mothers can take and understand the measurements properly. If they can, they’ll be able to get their children to local health centres much quicker. Which could save a lot of kids’ lives.
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