Following the Fight Against Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children intervention carried out by Healthy Child and Adolescent Initiative in conjunction with JC Foundation which was implemented on the 7th of December, 2022, in Creek Town, Odukpani Local Government Area, Cross River State, Nigeria. A monitoring exercise was conducted on the 5th of May, 2023, as a follow-up to assess the progress made.
On the 5th of May, 2023, the Founder of HCA Initiative, Mr. Kingsley Inang and the team members conducted a house-to-house monitoring exercise to evaluate the outcome of the previously implemented intervention. The findings were encouraging, as the majority of mothers were found to be using the thom brown supplement to feed their children.
Notably, the previously malnourished children showed significant improvements in their health. Particularly vulnerable children who had previously suffered from kwashiorkor and marasmus appeared robust and full of life, indicating positive progress in their well-being.
To ensure the sustainable well-being of these children, the Healthy Child and Adolescents Initiative (HCAI), in collaboration with Face of Liberty International, plans to initiate Phase Three of the intervention, which will focus on an empowerment exercise for parents which is in line with the Project Mmepe Obodo currently being ran by FLI.
Members of the community actively participated by suggesting a variety of skills and areas for the empowerment program. These suggestions will serve as the foundation for designing and implementing the empowerment exercise.
The monitoring exercise conducted on the 5th of May, 2023, revealed promising results in the fight against severe acute malnutrition in children. The utilization of the thom brown supplement by a majority of mothers demonstrates the effectiveness of the intervention. The improved health of previously malnourished children, including those vulnerable to conditions like kwashiorkor and marasmus, is a positive outcome. Looking ahead, The Healthy Child and Adolescents Initiative (HCAI) and Face of Liberty International are committed to embarking on Phase Three, which will focus on empowering parents. The community’s valuable input will guide the development and execution of the empowerment program, ensuring sustained positive and healthy outcomes for the children.