Increasing uptake for micronutrient powders through community outreaches

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“We have received positive feedback from our clients. Parents comment that their children have improved appetite and look more bright thanks to this project.” These are the thoughts of Lang’ata sub county nutritionists attesting that with outreaches they have reached more mothers who come to health centres for MNPs. Her experience in Lang’ata health centre where she is based is that many more mothers now come to the clinic for micronutrient powders and other health services including growth monitoring for growth monitoring for their children. “So far we have given out 13,188 pieces of MNPs from November last year to February this year In one of the outreaches conducted in Kibera jointly between the CHWs, HWs and CBCC community mobilization team, a total of 1,029 children were reached with services, and 20,580 sachets distributed in one day. “We issue to st Mary’s hospital, Karen Hospital, MSF Kibera, Silanga and other mobile clinics in Kibera.” The uptake is very good and mothers now understand what the product is. Through our community health workers we also sensitive parents on MNPs through door to door strategy.

Hellen Nyakundi Lang’ata Sub County Nutritionist
Nyakundi in an outreach session in Kibera
Mothers following through MNPs talk. They are confident to answer questions on MNPs
Alice Kerubo holding her baby

Alice Kerubo holding her baby explains her experience with MNPs use Alice kerubo is such a mother whose daughter is on the project since November 2014 . She reports that her daughter Blessing Kwamboka no longer refuses food. “Since I started using MNPs, she finishes all her food without too much effort. Now her body is growing strong.” Says Blessing’s mother Lang’ata sub county health care providers and opinion leaders and community health volunteers have been trained on MNPs by Global Alliance for improved Nutrition in partnership with Centre for Behaviour Change and Communication.

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