Dr Kadri Koda - In His Own Words:
"The training we're taking in the management of severe under-nutrition
is both theoretical and practical. We are learning about the identification,
prevention and treatment of under-nutrition and over the next 2 days, we're
doing hands-on training at the therapeutic feeding center here in Aguie,
Maradi Region. I'm from Madarounfa District, where I'm responsible for
the community health development program, which is supported by UNICEF.
This training is not only going to help me deal with the critical situation
of under-nourished children in Maradi Region, but I will also be able to
share what I've learned with my colleagues so that we can help prevent
under-nutrition in the future. On top of the practical and theoretical
aspects, the training is very enriching because we have health workers
from various regions of Niger with all types of experience. Some are doctors,
others nurses, some are mid-wives and others are health administrators.
We're sharing our years of experience, while also learning the latest techniques
and approaches to managing severe and moderate under-nutrition. It's important
for health workers in Niger to be updated with the latest information and
that was really made clear at the therapeutic feeding center today. Sixty-five
children arrived just this morning for treatment of various degrees of
under-nutrition. The worst cases are those suffering from severe undernutrition,
along with medical complications. In the intensive ward, there are severely
under-nourished children also suffering from malaria, bloody diarrhea,
pneumonia and anemia. Nine-month old children who weigh the same as new-borns.
Children so weak that they have no energy to cry ... their silence is deafening.
It's only when they start to cry that we are happy because it means they
are gaining strength. It's very heart-wrenching, but it is also good to
know that we can save so many lives using the latest techniques."
UNICEF in Action:
UNICEF Niger and the Ministry of Public
Health of Niger are conducting three rounds of capacity-building training
for national health workers in Niger in the management of severe and moderate
under-nutrition of children. In total, over 80 Nigerien health workers
will be trained in just 3 weeks by a Ministry of Public Health medical
doctor and a UNICEF Niger nutritionist. The training is being conducted
in Maradi, the region most-affected by the current crisis in Niger.
The training of national health workers
is not only essential in saving the lives of children suffering severe
and moderate under-nutrition in the midst of this emergency, but in addition,
the training also provides a sustainable, national approach to the early
identification and prevention of severe and moderate under-nutrition in
children throughout the country.
Using the "training of trainers
cascade approach", key national health workers are trained to carry
life-saving techniques back to their regions. This is one of the fastest
ways to create sustainable, national health networks. All participants
are national health staff, working for government, national and international
NGOs as doctors, paediatricians, nurses, health administrators or mid-wives.
For more information on UNICEF's
activities in West & Central Africa, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org