40 children were assessed using Middle Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measurement. It uses a simple, colour-coded measuring band rather than weighing scales and height boards. Useful for children between six months and five years of age, a MUAC measurement of less than 12.5 cm indicates that a child is suffering from moderate acute malnutrition. If the MUAC measurement is under 11.0 cm, however, the under-five child’s life may be in danger as he or she is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. A verbal and written consent was obtained from the parents before the children were screened.
3 children were identified as acutely malnourished during the screening, and were recruited into the nutrition program.
Apart from malnutrition, 20% of the children had ear infections, 30% had skin conditions and 10% had dental caries. These were referred to the nearest hospital for proper management.
The women’s Organization has 15 registered nursery schools in the conference and this malnutrition screening is expected to be conducted in all the nursery schools.
As the journey continues!!!
By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo