Ethiopia: Nutrition Programs
Preventive, rather than curative, strategies are considered far more effective in mitigating malnutrition, which is one of the barriers to sustainable development in Ethiopia. Therefore, International Medical Corps supports acute malnutrition programs and provides essential nutrition services to the people who need it most. International Medical Corps establishes and supports programs in primary health care facilities to treat cases of severe and moderate acute malnutrition in children and pregnant and lactating women.
Our Infant and Young Child Feeding program focuses on nutrition for children in the first two years of life when optimal nutrition lowers morbidity and mortality and increases a child’s opportunity for normal development. These programs are particularly successful in Ethiopia and mothers are showing signs of increased knowledge, attitude and practice towards proper child feeding.
International Medical Corps implements Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programs which provide essential nutrition services across Oromia, Somali, and Southern Nations-Nationalities-Peoples (SNNP) Regions. As an integral part of this program, we establish and support specialized programs for the treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition in children and pregnant and lactating women. International Medical Corps prioritizes training of community volunteers on screening and follow-up of malnourished children, and provides nutrition education focused on essential nutrition practices.
We also employ the innovative Mother Care Group approach, through which we train local mothers to convey healthy nutrition practices and other useful child-rearing tips to other mothers in their communities. This preventative strategy is based on stopping malnutrition before it takes hold.
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