All our sites in Pibor, as well as 2 sites in Mogok and Jiech of Ayod County, received a monitoring and supervisory visit by our M&E coordinator, who mentored staff members on the current national guidelines in malnutrition management.
Existing nutrition staff members were supported, mentored, and refreshed on CMAM/IYCF through continued on-site supervision conducted by the nutrition program managers. In addition, RMF participated in the joint rapid response mechanism mission conducted in Ayod by UNICEF/WFP, during which our nutrition staff members were mentored and a number of SAM/MAM children and PLW enrolled in the feeding program.
RMF signed a renewed field level agreement (FLA) with World Food Programme (WFP). In addition, RMF coodrinated nutrition activities with UNICEF, UN agencies, the nutrition cluster, and other nutrition partners, both at the national and state levels.
With additional support from WFP, RMF chartered a flight to deliver iron sheets and other construction materials for the storerooms in Gorwai.
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.) Our nutrition field-based teams continued to have clean, safe drinking water through usage of the provided water purifying equipment.
Puok Koang Kai is an 18-month-old boy born in the village of Jiech in Wau Payam, Ayod County. During a routine screening for signs of acute malnutrition, RMF Community Nutrition Volunteers identified Puok as suffering from severe acute malnutrition: his weight was 6.3 kg and MUAC 10.9 cm. When Puok and his mother, Nyaweika Deng Thuop, arrived at the outpatient therapeutic center, they were welcomed by RMF’s senior nutrition nurse at the facility. During their talk and treatment, Puok and his mother were approached as a whole. The mother explained the situation in her home and the general situation in the community: children only survive on cow’s milk and wild fruits, which is a scant diet and hard for the child to survive on.
Puok Koang Kai was enrolled in the outpatient therapeutic program (OTP) to start routine medical treatment and ready-to-use therapeutic foods, as seen in his recovery picture below. RMF also referred the child’s mother, Nyaweika, to be registered for the blanket supplementary feeding program and WFP general food distribution, together with the food security and livelihoods program.