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Kenya: Nutrition Programs

International Medical Corps operates five emergency nutrition programs in northern Kenya, where severe drought and increasing instability from neighboring Somalia have led to serious food shortages. With funding from the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, we provide outpatient therapeutic care services for severe acute malnourished children under 5 years of age, as well as supplementary feeding services for moderate acute malnourished children under 5 and pregnant or lactating women. To improve health-seeking behavior and nutrition education among local communities, International Medical Corps utilizes the innovative Mother Care Group model in Samburu, where 1,200 such groups have formed and training is ongoing. The Mother Care Group concept involves training a core group of local mothers in good nutrition practices, then sending them into the broader community to form and lead their own groups. We also provide High Impact Nutrition Interventions in Tana River, Laikipia, Meru North, Samburu, and Isiolo districts with support from UNICEF.

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