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Dates: 2017–2019

Funder: Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Implementing partner: Lutheran World Federation Democratic Republic of the Congo

Expected number of beneficiaries: 15,000 people

 

This project will provide treatment for approximately 3,000 children under five of internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who are experiencing malnutrition. Support will be provided to the children’s family members who have travelled with them for their treatment. Health care professionals will receive training the treatment of malnutrition and mobile units that offer treatment will be stocked with therapeutic food, milk and medications essential to treat malnutrition.

Additionally, cooking demonstrations will be offered for community members on how to cook with nutritious food that is locally available and radio broadcasts will be produced with information about nutritional best practices.

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Ambulatory Therapeutic Unit
Health workers visit communities to identify any children who may be suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The family can then visit a nearby ambulatory therapeutic unit for a full diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Photo: CLWR/T.Braun

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Ambulatory Therapeutic Unit
Families gather at an ambulatory therapeutic unit with their children, who may be experiencing severe acute malnutrition, for diagnosis and treatment. Photo: CLWR/T.Braun