Therapeutic Outpatient Programmes

Location:   

Gedo

Aim:

To reduce mortality rates resulting from malnutrition

Results:

  • Increase in the number of sites to 12, thus enlarging the reach and increasing the impact of the programme

  • Each site is able to reach 3100 households

  • Communities are informed on issues as nutrition, hygiene, sanitation and breastfeeding practices

  • 68 children in 2009 and 863 children in 2010 have been served by the programme

Partners:

UNICEF

Schermafbeelding_2013-06-13_om_14.04.43.pngThe Outpatient Therapeutic Programme focuses on reducing mortality rates resulting from malnutrition. HIRDA started the Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) in September 2009, which through time has grown to twelve health care sites spread over the country. Each site reaches approximately 3100 households. The OTP centres are managed by a team of four professionals, consisting of a registrar, a measurer, a mobiliser and a nurse who heads the team. The team registers children into the programme and provides them with treatment for minor illnesses or ailments. Furthermore, the team distributes therapeutic food to children suffering from malnutrition. This ready-to-use therapeutic food is also known as plumpynut. The parents or guardians of the children receive practical information about the plumpynut as well as on hygiene, sanitation and breastfeeding.

Village elders support HIRDA in the process of raising awareness on health issues, and this has gradually transformed into support and assistance from the local communities. The OTP teams work with community volunteers to track down people who are in need of health care. A total of 68 children in 2009 and 863 children in 2010 have been served by the programme. This very sharp increase in impact has been the result of publicizing the programme in surrounding villages.

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