Maradi_MSF activities in Madarounfa
Since 2001, MSF has been supporting the Ministry of Public Health in Maradi region to reduce the mortality rate of children under five. MSF teams have been working in health structures that provide paediatric and nutritional care. MSF works in Madarounfa hospital’s paediatric unit and in the Intensive Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC). In Madarounfa hospital’s paediatric unit, MSF team treats children who have been hospitalised for severe illnesses other than malnutrition. They also support the Intensive Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC), where children with malnutrition and related illnesses such as malaria, respiratory infections or diarrhoea are treated. At the hospital MSF did some water and sanitation rehabilitation to bring drinkable water in the structure. Vaccination activities are undertaken to ensure that the children who are hospitalised in the paediatric unit and the ITFC have all their immunisations. The team also ensure the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV for mother and children. During the peak season for malnutrition and malaria, which usually runs from June to November, MSF also reinforces its support to the Ambulatory Therapeutic Feeding Centres inside the community health centres in order to ensure treatment for severe malnutrition in children under five and the detection of malaria. Children suffering from medical complications are transferred by MSF to the hospital. In parallel, the organisation also works in 44 villages with 39 community agents for the early detection and the treatment of simple malaria cases. With this “agents-mamans palu” project, MSF also ensures the nutritional screening of children under five by the agents, as well as sensitization on basic health and hygiene good practices.
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