Chakula Bora Nutritional Program
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Ochuna Dispensary is situated very near to the Kenya-Tanzania border. An estimated 80-90% of patients comes from very poor areas in Tanzania. The dispensary is open 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and sees between 20 to 50 patients a day.

Chakula Bora is a nutritional, educational and feeding program for underweight babies and infants. It is running by me and in collaboration with the dispensary of Ochuna and also an american colleague.

When a child is seen at the Ochuna dispensary and diagnoses with malnutrition is admitted to the program. The program monitors the child's nutritional status on a weekly basis (every Tuesday). On Tuesdays, the dispensary staff (2 nurses), my colleague and myself provides the mothers with cooking classes, nutritional information and well-balanced meal for them and their children.

We provide supplemental foods to the children that qualify (when we have them) and financially help with a regular supply of milk for their family from their local town centers (We pay the milk to the providers directly). Most of the children graduates within 2 months time. If the child does not improve or their health status worsens, we do some home visitations to find solutions to the problem and/or refer the child out to other facilities.

Currently, the Ochuna dispensary gets supplements from the sub-county MOH office on a very irregular basis. Because the dispensary in collaboration with me (and also my colleague) has a special program for malnourish children, we feel that is important that we secure a regular supply and stock of RUTF (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food) for children on a more ongoing basis. However, being a non-profit clinic and and expat volunteers, our finances are quite limited and it is difficult for us to buy an ongoing supply of RUTF products.

We are requesting outside help from you, to secure and buy a more regular supply of supplements at little/no cost, specially for children birth to 5 years.

The target population:

Children under 5 years: 485



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