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Nutrition providers hail adult Nutrition Program in Karonga

Written by  Leonard Masauli

Karonga, March 22, 2019: Nutrition Service provider at Karonga District Hospital has commended World Food Programme (WFP) for strengthening quality improvement teams in health facilities across the district through Comitato Internazionale per lo Svilupo dei popoli (CISP).

Speaking this week in an interview, Mwabi Mwahimba, said the organization through Nutrition, Care, Support and Treatment Programme (NCST) have strengthened the quality improvement teams.

This is done through provision of mentorship support to the teams for them to effectively manage nutrition issues in health facilities.

“The district’s health sector used to face challenges in addressing adult malnutrition, especially in people living with HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis ((TB) patients before the introduction of NCST.

“Among other things, NCST aims at improving nutritional status for adults in general,” said Mwahimba.

He said prior to the introduction of the programme, the quality improvement teams were non-functional due to low funding. He, therefore, commended WFP for financing the programme.

“We have registered a remarkable improvement in nutritional status in a number of clients, especially those who are on Antiretroviral Therapy (ARV) and TB treatment because we now have vibrant quality improvement teams in place,” said Mwahimba.

Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA) based at Chilumba Rural Hospital, Keddings Mulwanda said the NCST programme has supported 340 clients within the hospital’s catchment area.

“The programme has enhanced our nutrition interventions by among other things providing our clients with Ready for Use Therapeutic Food as well as nutritious porridge,” said Mulwanda.

Also commenting on the development, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, Kanu Kondowe commended WFP for the intervention, saying her health had improved and was now weighing 57 kg from 44 since she was enrolled with the program.

According to Nutrition Officer for CISP, Raphael Mwakyanjala, the program has been supporting quality improvement teams in 10 health facilities in the district with mentorship in data quality check performance and fuel.

“Adult nutrition, if not checked, can affect the country’s development,” he said.


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