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Nutrition

Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit (NRU)

In this special centre,  children under the age of five who are malnourished are admitted with their parent or guardian to monitor their weight gain, providing health education, cooking and feeding demonstrations and training in how to manage a home garden. High energy milk and nutritious porridge (Likuni Phala) are supplied even after discharge on a weekly basis to prevent recurrence. In 2011 the NRU admitted 493 malnourished children.

In order to address malnutrition problems,  a community and home gardening project is in place. The project teaches guardians of malnourished children to set up vegetable gardens at their homes, as seen in the following video:

Felix’s Garden – MMH from Ross McClean on Vimeo.

In addition there is a dairy goat project that started in 2009 with the purpose of using goat milk to improve the nutrition status of the community. The beneficiaries of the goats are required to pass on one female offspring to the next household as a way of paying back their initial loan.

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