The Center for Recovery and Nutritional Education (CRNE) in Ouagadougou has been implementing for several years now a program for the diagnosis of malnutrition among children under five years old in the Health and Social Promotion Centers (HSPC) located in the neighbouring communes and villages.
On Thursday, June 29, a team organized a visit in the district of Polesgo located about 7 km away from the CRNE. This was the second visit conducted in this district since 2015.
Due to the large number of women and children who had come in the previous years, the CRNE decided it was necessary to enlarge its team for the smooth functioning of the visit. Thus, students from the Center, a nurse, some health workers and a pediatrician joined the CRNE team.
When the health team arrived on site at 7 am, a crowd of women and children was already there, the first ones had arrived as early as at 4 am!
The team onsite began to explain women the manufacturing of enriched mush made with a mix of pearl millet with sumbala, peanut, fish, milk and several other nutritious ingredients. Women were made aware on the importance of this mush to protect their children from malnutrition, and were encouraged to adopt this nutritional method.
Children were also examined by the specialists and screened. Two consultation groups were then set up. Health workers gathered the children’s health records, while nurses measured their mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). This efficient organization helped check a great number of children in a short period of time, and measure their level of malnutrition according to WHO recommendations.
645 children altogether were cared for. The team screened 10 cases of acute malnutrition and at least 25 children with moderate malnutrition. These children were directly referred to the CRNE for urgent medical treatment.
When the team stopped consultations around 3 pm, almost 100 women were still waiting. This very high attendance shows the usefulness and importance of this screening program set up by the CRNE of Ouagadougou.