Nyakibale and IECM staff including two inpatient nurses, two outpatient nurses, our Nutrition Fellow, and the Medical Superintendent were trained in Uganda’s national guidelines for malnutrition prevention and treatment at Mulago Hospital in Kampala. The six-day, private training was held at Mwanamugimu, the Pediatric Malnutrition Unit at Mulago National Referral Hospital. The training will expand the capacity of IECM’s program in several important ways.
First, training in Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition Guidelines (IMAM) will ensure that our staff can train colleagues at Nyakibale and local health facilities in Rukungiri District. This will allow a large number of health care providers in Rukungiri to carry the knowledge with them throughout their career and throughout the country.
Second, training in IMAM guidelines will allow Nyakibale to start receiving F100 and F75 sachets, which are powdered high-energy milk formulas for inpatient treatment of malnutrition. These sachets are free and require only boiling water. IECM hopes to see a significant reduction in program costs as a result. Ensuring a continued and reliable supply of F100 and F75 sachets is essential.
Third, IECM will have the continued support from the Ministry of Health. Additional benefits coming from the national and international level such as reporting materials, compiled data, and supplies will become available to as a result of IMAM training.
In sum, IMAM training will ensure that the work IECM has started will have a sustainable and long-term presence in Uganda.
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