International Medical Corps is working to address malnutrition through a comprehensive community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) program and Infant and Young Child Feeding interventions and training for local health workers. The CMAM approach emphasizes that “large numbers of children with severe acute malnutrition can be treated in their communities without being admitted to a health facility or a therapeutic feeding center”. Nutritious, ready-to-use, therapeutic food is administered by caretakers at home to promote early recovery and prevent life-threatening medical complications. CMAM involves active participation of the community to diagnose moderately and severely malnourished children at a very early stage by measuring middle upper arm circumference. The CMAM approach also focuses on sustainability through integration into the existing health infrastructure.
Working in northwestern Nigeria, International Medical Corps is preventing and treating acute malnutrition in children under five and conducting sensitization sessions and education on IYCF practices to pregnant and breastfeeding women in Wamakko and Binji Local Government Area, in Sokoto State. In addition, our teams are training the State Ministry of Health staff in prevention, screening and treatment of acute malnutrition to strengthen local health capacity. International Medical Corps also trains Community Volunteers and Community Health Extension Workers in prevention, screening, follow-up and referral of acute malnutrition cases, helping communities become their own best First Responders.
To date we have:
- Screened more than 41,500 children for malnutrition
- Treated more than 1,460 children with severe acute malnutrition
- Delivered hygiene kits for more than 1,460 mothers/caretakers
- Trained 75 health staff and 148 community volunteers on prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition
International Medical Corps seeks to increase rates of routine immunization and supplementary immunization activities for children under 5 years of age through the Initiative for Supporting Polio Eradication in Northeastern Nigeria (ISPENN). Our teams are focusing especially on polio vaccination in six Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kano State.
The project will:
- Reinforce the Ministry of Health’s routine immunization program to improve its performance
- Strengthen supplemental polio immunization efforts
- Improve community mobilization in support of child immunization and acute flaccid paralysis surveillance