Training for employees in the district’s health sector was highly successful

by Simone Winneg,  2010/09/29

For three months humedica has been working at full stretch in order to get the famine under control, which is threatening the lives of countless persons in Niger. To reach this objective we have taken the following measures: we are distributing special, additional food and imparting knowledge in the framework of training measures.

With her professional knowledge in nutrition science, Karin Wilke is doing an important work for humedica in Niger. Photo: humedica/Simone Winneg

Not only have we achieved impressive results at the humedica hospital in Kollo, but the positive effects of the distribution of additional food are also obvious at eight health centres within a radius of 100 kilometres from Kollo. Several hundred children have already been provided with additional food and, thanks to this measure, many children have already been spared from undernutrition.

But providing additional food alone is not enough. The nurses and nutrition advisors in charge at the hospital and the health centres need to be trained and overseen.

Weekly visits, assistance with filling in documents, active support during distributions or simply “being there” are currently our daily tasks.

After last month the local Mayors and Village Elders have already had the opportunity of taking part in an information campaign run by humedica nutritionist Karin Wilke, this time we invited the medical staff of those health centres involved to come to Kollo in order to take part in a corresponding training.

At this point we would like to express our thanks to the Federal Foreign Office of Germany for its generous support thanks to which we could implement this important and necessary measure.

Little girls and boys are fed up by means of additional milk powder. Photo: humedica/Simone Winneg

Of each of the so-called CSIs (Centre de Santé Integré), two representatives undertook the partly long journey in order to participate in the one-day training. The training focussed in particular on repeating the details of the nutrition programme, such as for example correct measuring and weighing of children, and the evaluation of the data gained in the process.

Of course, we also discussed further topics with the aim of creating a deeper understanding for the necessity and effects of food and we explained in particular which of the locally available foods dispose of the best qualities.

This is particularly important for the time “after”. Also after the famine it will be essential that mothers be able to provide well for their children by means of nutritious food. This is the only way of improving the children’s nutrition situation on a long term.

Besides imparting knowledge directly, we also gave the participants the opportunity of exchanging advice and experiences during animated conversations. By doing so, we could also find solutions to arising problems.

Together we worked on plans regarding the challenging task of keeping distributions under control. As there often are up to 200 women with children who want to receive food on one single day, distributions can be very exhausting and stressful in some regions.

In order to achieve sustainable success, information about adequate nutrition is provided to employees in the health sector and to mothers. Photo: humedica

By means of practical training, the participants could put their knowledge to the test, reflect once more on what they had been told and clarify any questions they had. The training measure contributes not only to effectively implementing the project right now, but above all to continuing the programme successfully also in future.

We would like to ask you to continue supporting us in the fight against the famine in Niger, which has faded somewhat from the spotlight due to the news from Haiti and Pakistan. You can send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90 or you can make a donation for the humedica projects with the mission of helping the starving population of Niger via our online form.

If you prefer to make a donation in the traditional way, please use the bank details below. Thank you very much.
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference “Famine Niger
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

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