Referral from rural areas
Now, the hospital has a referral system with all village health centres in Belayara, so acutely malnourished children are taken to the nutrition centre at the district hospital.
At the Balayera District Hospital therapeutic feeding centre, two kinds of treatment are given. One is medical treatment where children are suffering from acute malnutrition or other diseases brought about by this. The other is therapeutic feeding where the children are given nutritious food until they regain their health.
“Islamic Relief has been an important partner in this health district,” says Dr Haruna, the Belayara District Medical Director. The Belayara District Secretary General Moussa Saidou Agali agrees that Islamic Relief is making a big difference, saying that “the clinic has alleviated cases of malnutrition in this area.”
Fati and Hawa, who hadn’t known their children were malnourished, have received training in taking care of their children and good hygiene. They are eager to share their new knowledge with others in their community.
“Take care of your children and give them food with nutrients,” advises Hawa, who is looking forward to her child being discharged from the centre. “When I go back home, I will prepare some pounded food for my child.”
“I will prepare some good lunch for my child. I will also prepare porridge,” adds Fati.
The project is working in local communities to boost outcomes for children and women. Volunteers, trained by Islamic Relief, hold community meetings on malnutrition, child protection and gender-based violence (GBV) – helping to manage cases of violence against women and children. They have so far identified 10 GBV cases and referred them to the district protection service provider.
The scheme also broadcasts on local radio stations that in addition highlight gender-based violence and child protection issues.
With your support Islamic Relief is helping children to beat malnutrition, but much more is needed to lift families out of poverty and food insecurity.