Masindi is one of the food baskets of Uganda but this is now no more because most of the land is being used for sugar cane growing and less is put to food crop growing. This has translated into the high cases of stunting in Masindi District which stands at 43% because the children are not being fed on the right nutrients. The picture below shows the different foods given to a child and at the different ages. Displaying of the foods allows better understanding of what kinds of food to give to an infant and at what age.
As part of the planned activities in Masindi district, 16 District Trainers received training on Growth Monitoring and Promotion (GMP). GMP involves measuring the length, Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) of the child and age calculation among other things. Measuring length of a child is suitable for children 24 to 36 months who cannot stand properly and those younger than 24 months. MUAC is the circumference of the upper arm, measured at the mid-point between the tip of the shoulder and elbow. MUAC is useful for assessing the nutritional status of the child. The MUAC tape has different colors where Green is interpreted as a child being healthy, Yellow is Mild/Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM and Red is severe Acute malnutrition (SAM). The health workers also had a practicum on how to use an age calculator. Age calculators are used in the event where mothers are not sure of the exact age of their babies but remember the event that preceded the birth of their babies.
Nyanjura Zaituni (right) an Enrolled Nurse at
Kilanyi HCII measures the length of a child
as the mother looks on
Nyanjura takes the MUAC of a child in
Green indicates healthy!
As part of the training, a food demonstration was organised to enable the health workers understand the types of foods children under 5 years can be given at every stage of growth (see pictures below).
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