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Somalia, August 2016: Outpatient Therapeutic Programme services improves the nutrition status of the vulnerable children in the IDPs

© UNICEF Somalia/2016
2 year old Ibrahim Abdi before his treatment.

BUSLEY IDP SITE, Luuq District, South-Central Somalia, August 2016 – Busley IDP is approximately 2 km away from Luuq town where the nearest SRDA/UNICEF-supported outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP) site is located. Many mothers from the IDP site benefit from services provided through the OTP, which integrate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) counselling sessions and nutrition, hygiene and health promotion (NHHP) sessions. Just like many other IDP site, the living conditions of Busley are poor. They use untreated water from the river, defecate openly and lack primary health care.

Around the time of admission, 2 year old Ibrahim Abdi, the only child of single mother Tukaay Yunyow, became very sick. As time went by his condition continued to deteriorate. His mother was devastated. One day as community-based worker Leila Mohamed Ahmed was doing house to house screening and community mobilization, she found the very weak Ibrahim severely malnourished. She immediately referred him to the OTP site.

© UNICEF Somalia/2016
Ibrahim after his treatment for malnutrition.

During Ibrahim’s stay in the programme, he received ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), which quickened his recovery. The CBW made follow-ups to educate the mother on the importance of RUTF and also to encourage proper care practices. The child was discharged after two months from the programme and referred to the nearest Somali Relief and Development Action (SRDA) Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) site. The happiness from the mother was priceless when she was told that her child had fully recovered. “I am forever grateful for the existence of such services to help our children. I never thought my child would be healthy again so soon,” she said.

With the help of donors, Somalia has been fighting malnutrition for the past decade. Every mother’s dream is to see their children grow up healthy.










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