Julienne Wimana is a caretaker of a Sifa Majuta aged 9 months in Byabakora 2 Village, Kyaka II Refugee Settlement. Sifa is a beneficiary of KRC Uganda’s Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP). She had had been on TSFP but was later discharged as cured having met the discharge criteria.
As the same time, Julienne, Sifa’s caretaker had been undergoing maternal, infant and young child feeding (MIYCF) counselling to deepen her health and nutrition knowledge.
During routine visits made by KRC’s Nutrition Assistant to find out whether beneficiaries were she was turning the of knowledge gained into practice, Julienne was found to have established a kitchen garden, dug a rubbish pit, fixed a tippy tap and testified about her new feeding practices as taught to her during MIYCF counselling. It was observed that Sifa looked so healthy as her caretaker testified, adding that the whole family was benefiting from eating nutritious and balanced meals garnished with vegetables from the kitchen garden. Julienne attested that the kitchen garden helped her save money she used to spend on buying vegetables, but could afford others feeding requirements.
Maternal, infant and young child feeding counselling helps to address the underlying causes of malnutrition in children. Mothers and caretakers are enlightened about the socio-economic and dietary factors that could be hindering infants and household members from attaining optimal nutritional status.
MIYCF counselling is offered to all TSFP beneficiaries and their caretakers to help them make informed choices and this results in adoption of optimal health and nutrition practices.
This success in enhanced infant nutrition outcomes is a result of KRC’s nutrition project implemented in Kyaka II and Kyangwali Refugee Settlements, supported by Save the Children International (SCI). The project aims at preventing stunting and all other forms of under nutrition during the first 1000 days of life through the implementation of Maternal Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN). The program targets pregnant and lactating women and children aged 6 to 23 months. The program also ensures provision of quality treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) through a Targeted Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP) with focus on Children 6- 59 months and Pregnant Lactating Women (PLW).