Community health worker helps twins Duli and Abduli receive malnutriton treatment

The twins were being treated for severe acute malnutrition, but relapsed and resumed treatment after the Community Health Worker (CHW) screening, in Mwaria community, in Mecufi district.

Lídia Carvalho
Laura no longer has to cross 3km to take care of her children's health: today she receives at home the Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food necessary for the twins' recovery and today she already sees significant improvement in their daily lives. "Now they play well, they are happier and even their sleep is more peaceful."
UNICEF Mozambique/2021/Ricardo Franco
02 December 2021

Mecúfi, Cabo Delgado - "I just want them to be healthy," wishes Laura for her 1 year and 6 months old twin sons Duli and Abduli.

Both twins suffered from underweight birth, and at 6 months of age, they had already been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Laura recalls the difficulty she faced in getting to the nearest health facility in her community. "It's hard to go there. You need money to take a canoe and cross about 3km to the district health unit." This was one of the reasons that made it impossible to continue the treatment for Duli and Abduli, who recently resumed their treatment in their own community after being screened by the Community Health Worker (CHW) João Afidu.

"In a few months I want to see Duli and Abduli cured," says João optimistically. He explains the improvement in the quality of access to health services, especially in the area of nutrition, since he and the activists were trained to screen and conduct treatment of children with acute malnutrition in their own community. "We are from the community and we work for the families in the communities. They are our family! We go from house to house, we know each child. The joy is even greater when I see one of our children getting the treatment and recovering."

Now Laura no longer has to cross 3km to take care of her children's health: today she receives at home the Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) necessary for the twins' recovery and today she already sees significant improvement in their daily lives. "Now they play well, they are happier and even their sleep is more peaceful."  

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been working with the Provincial Directorate of Health (DPS) in Cabo Delgado province, as part of its support to the nutrition program, to develop actions to reduce rates of acute malnutrition in children under 5 years of age. Actions include training of CHWs and activists, screening for malnutrition in the communities, nutrition education sessions, cooking demonstrations, as well as the provision of RUTF. ­