1. How long has the program been running?
We started in one village – San Nicolas – following a visit there by a CAF dentist group in 2006, who were struck by the levels of malnutrition and
offered to fund a nutrition programme there. A year or so later we moved the programme to the town of Senahu, operating it partnership with the health
centre to reach the most severely malnourished children from the all the region.
2. What measurable results have we seen? Life expectancy increases? (I need concrete statistical data)
Children are referred to the programme by healthworkers and weighed with interview every 2 months. They leave the programme when they reach normal weight (for their height) and stabilise there. We have full excel data from the start of 2011, which we use to chart the child’s progress. For other purposes we
hope to be able to analyse the data. E.g. establish monthly average increases in response to new protocols. We also take before/after pics (I will send some).
How do we measure our success? Do we coordinate our efforts with any other non-profits or NGOs in the area? Can I look up data on the World Health Organization’s website?
Success is measured by:
1) Achieving healthy weights and maintaining them for 6 months, according to WHO standards
2) Rate of relapses/readmissions – <1% (factor influenced by education also received as part of the programme). We work with: 1) Senahu town health centre (Ministry of Health) 2) Nutritional Recovery Centre, La Tinta Hospital 3) Referring doctors on both sites 4) Community Facilitators (employed by NGO subcontractors to the government) and nurses in the communities 3. How many families do we serve? How many villages?
In total we currently have 320 children from 87 communities served in five programme locations.
4. What do we want for the future?
1)To have in Senahu a nutrition training centre (there is not one nutritionist for the population of 80,000) where:
– Women can drop in as opposed to having to walk/travel up to four hours and then wait several more hours in our day clinics.
– Where we will have more time to interview and establish the causes of malnutrition in the family
– Where we can give demonstrations of what to grow and how to prepare nutritious food, as well as general health education
– Where we can store the products in a rodent-free environment
2) In the medium term:
– To have all “places” funded as CAF do (180 children) – on a continuing commitment, even more pressing need for the milk programme.
– To have better education tools – have three films and need to produce four more on subjects fundamental to the family’s health
– To have more outreach workers – currently only one, who serves 17 communities: 51 families
3) In the short term:
– a vehicle for the outreach worker
– a small generator to be able to show the education films in community health posts (they don’t have electricity).
5. What exactly do we give to the families? Is it just the formula? Or do we give them other supplies?
We have four integrated programmes:
– Milk for up to 6m old whose mothers have died in child birth or have no milk, and babies with cleft palates
– Incaparina % sugar for up to 5 year olds, and emergency malnourished/anaemic expectant mothers
– Health education via films in Q’eqchi’, and group talks where there is no electricity
– Outreach training in hygiene, sanitation, nutrition etc, where children don’t improve due to conditions at home
6. Is this only in the Senahu area?
Senahu and La Tinta, which consist of several hundred communities.