During the second quarter of 2017, RMF was forced to downsize our operations due to insecurity at 3 of our field sites (Katdalok, Mogok, and Yian in Ayod County). Variable indicators are therefore not as high as expected, but nevertheless, our teams managed to accomplish the following:
Facilitated the visit of RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs to the country (South Sudan); in addition
to our operations in Juba, she visited RMF field operations in Jiech and Gorwai, inspiring our teams.
RMF has started working on the health PCA in order to continue providing basic health services to the people of Gorwai and surrounding communities. Our first contract agreement with UNICEF to run health services was a trial phase, and we are now pushing hard to sign another PCA so that the health program will continue in Gorwai. In addition, we are also following up on a cholera response program for the suspected cases that were reported in Gorwai several months ago
This project mainly targets the management of SAM and MAM children under 5 and pregnant and PLW. However, some of the children and adults come to our units due to health-related problems, since there are no healthcare services in most of our areas of operation.
Some of the conditions our team sees:
RMF’s relocated staff in various nutrition treatment centers of Ayod and Boma received adequate essential foodstuffs from Juba and continued to provide quality CMAM and IYCF services. (All our areas of intervention are hard to reach, and purchasing basic foodstuffs there is not possible.) The nutrition project offers employment opportunities for South Sudanese nationals at national, state, county, and village levels.
The communities in Boma and Ayod in particular are delighted with our services. During the reporting quarter, a total of 586 SAM and 804 MAM children, as well as 528 PLW were enrolled in our feeding program, respectively, hence improving quality of life for children and pregnant and lactating women.
Communities in these areas are now learning about valuable local food sources that they were previously unaware of; they are no longer solely dependent on traditional food sources of milk, meat, and sorghum.
Approximately 140,517 people directly benefited from this initiative.
The mother of a severely malnourished child learned perfectly how to feed her child the therapeutic formula milk by spoon.