Archive for December 26, 2010

Reducing Malnutrition in Hagadera, Kakuma Refugee Camps (Matija Kovac/IRC, 2011)

In late 2010 I had a privilege documenting the IRC’s  great work in Kakuma and Hagadrea refugee camps – see the publication that came out as a result of my work here!

The nutrition situation in Kenya’s refugee camps improve considerably in 2010 with global acute malnutrition indicators reaching their lowest rates ever, 5.6% in Hagadera and 7.9% in Kakuma – much of this success can also be attributed to the IRC’s persistent and hard work there!

In a nutshell, the IRC’s successful nutrition response is led by an emphasis on the refugee community’s engagement and participation, early detection and prompt action, and a focus on prevention and awareness. Through 2009 and 2010 the organization took on new responsibilities in Hadagera, adapted the nutrition programming approaches and strategies, and secured much needed infrastructural and staffing improvements. At both locations a shift towards community-based nutrition programming occurred, resulting in improved screening, more comprehensive and earlier participation in complementary feeding activities. The scale-up of high-impact nutritional activities and linkage to other programs led to close follow-up, support and prompt response at all levels, securing continuity of care, good treatment outcomes and emphasis on boosting proper infant and young child feeding and caring practices.

Congratulations girls and guys, great work!

IRC nutritionist, Hagadera.

IRC nutritionist in Hagadera during a home visit.