Supplementary Feeding Program

Project Supplementary Feeding Program
Objectives

• To improve the nutritional status of the children enrolled in the programme • Contribute to reduction of under the age of 5 child mortality, which is in-line with Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4

Project Partners Valencia Health District
Activities

• Wet feeding at 2 days a week • Dry ration at 5 days a week • Food & nutrition quizzes, games, etc. conducted at each feeding to make the session more enjoyable to everyone involved. • Initial weight will be taken during the feeding launch day. • Subsequent weight will be taken at every 4th week following the feeding schedule. • Final weight will be taken at the end of 12th week of the feeding program. • Dry ration at home for feeding.

Locations Ormoc District Hospital, Ormoc City, Leyte Island, Philippines
Period June 3rd-August 27th, 2015
Accomplishments

• 100% of participating children have at least 15% weight gain at the end of 12-week program • 30% of children will move to one improved category (e.g. from Severely Underweight to Underweight)

Background

One of the areas that MERCY Malaysia worked in was the Valencia Health District which covers 17 barangays. Within the Valencia Health District jurisdiction, there are 5 rural health centers located in the interior barangays. These rural health centres provide maternal health services, especially antenatal and postnatal care. The main rural health clinic is situated in Barangay Valencia which is located right by the highway. This clinic is accessible by tricycle, multicar, and other means of transportation. There is 1 medical doctor, 7 midwives and 2 nurses working in the Valencia Rural Health Centre. Barangay Cagbuhangin has one of the highest numbers of undernourished and severely undernourished children in Valencia Health District. According to recent statistics (2013) obtained by the City Health Office, the prevalence of undernourished and severely undernourished children in Barangay Cagbuhangin is at 30%.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

According to 2013 Operation Timbang data, in Ormoc City there were 2,640 under 5 children who were underweight and 540 who were severely underweight. In Sitio Laray alone, there are a total of 43 children in total that is either underweight or severely undernourished. The total numbers of underweight patients were 28 and 15 severely underweight MERCY Malaysia implemented a supplemental feeding program for a period of 3 months. This program was specifically catered for children between the ages of 6 to 59 months old. The programme included both wet feeding and dry feeding which meant that children were given cooked food and rations to supplement their daily food intake. In this particular programme, the participants received wet feeding twice a week and dry rations five days a week for the duration of 12 weeks. The supplemental feeding program was implemented in partnership with Ormoc City Nutrition Health Office based on the module by Department of Health.