Mogadishu, Somalia, 30 November 2017-- The World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Somali Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has concluded in Mogadishu today a five-day national cascade training on management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) with medical complications.
This cascade training which marked the participation of 24 health workers from 12 nutritional stabilization centers in Somalia aimed at improving the quality of services in nutrition stabilization centers and reducing the mortality rate resulting from the mismanagement of SAM cases.
The training focused on the management of sever acute malnutrition with complications including preparation of the therapeutic milk (F-75, F-100) using local available ingredients in case of stock out of F-75 and F-00. Participants were also trained on the management of cholera in severely malnourished children in accordance with WHO guidelines and technical recommendations.
“More than 1.4 million children in Somalia are still under the threat of acute malnutrition,” said Dr. Ghulam Popal WHO Representative in Somalia. “WHO will continue supporting the Federal Ministry of Health with the trainings and technical advice required to build the national health capacities and enable them manage the various malnutrition cases with medical complications,” he added.
The trend of acute malnutrition from 2014 to 2017 is reflecting a clear deterioration in the nutrition status of the population. The current draught crisis has increased the Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) percentage from 12% in 2014 to 17.4% in 2017. As of October this year, a total of 388,000 children were reported with acute malnutrition while 87,000 were classified with severe acute malnutrition. According to the nutrition cluster, these figures are likely to increase by more than three folds in 2018.
Since September 2017, WHO has conducted two TOT and two cascade training courses on management of acute malnutrition with medical complications for a total of 75 participants from different parts of Somalia. The trainings were part of a program designed by WHO in coordination with the local health authorities and nutrition cluster to respond to the draught crisis and build the capacity of the Ministry of Health nutrition cadres to expand the training program using national facilitators.
To maintain its health care delivery services and emergency response activities all over Somalia, WHO will need to fill the funding gap of US$5 million with the beginning of 2018. So far, WHO has been able to support its first-line health response program in Somalia through generous contributions from The Government of Germany, The Government of Japan, The Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), The Polio Global Eradication Initiative, The UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
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