What’s new in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal?
For the past 4 years, the URGO Foundation has been working alongside the Red Cross in Côte d’Ivoire to improve the health of mothers and children aged 0 to 5, focusing on nutrition issues. In 2022, this commitment extended to Senegal. Focus on the actions carried out during the first semester of 2023!
Improving care for local populations
– In Côte d’Ivoire, to facilitate access to mother and child care services, mobile clinics are organized on a regular basis. In partnership with the Red Cross, they aim at diagnosing and treating cases of malnutrition.
By early 2023, 700 children had been examined in Taabo & Léléblé.
A second session is being organized this September.
– In Senegal, an active mass screening campaign resulted in the examination of 2,200 children in Diama Gadio and Kathiotte – children suffering from severe acute malnutrition were identified, treated and will be monitored during the treatment process.
To strengthen community and health structures, the URGO Foundation has also financed anthropometric equipment and management tools for the CREN* and UREN** in the health district of Kaffrine, Senegal.
Training healthcare professionals for a better care
In the first half of 2023, several training courses led by qualified doctors were organized in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
The aim? To train local healthcare professionals in various aspects of malnutrition. These include nutritional assessment, diagnosis and management of acute malnutrition in children.
These training courses have been warmly welcomed by healthcare professionals: 113 of them were trained in Côte d’Ivoire in the first half of 2023, as were 123 of their colleagues in Senegal.
Some new trainings will be organized in September!
*CREN: Nutritional Recovery and Education Center.
** UREN: Ambulatory Nutritional Recovery and Education Unit