Integrating Nutrition into Child Health
To address malnutrition, high rates of stunting, and anemia, MCSP links curative programs with preventive community-based efforts. Curative efforts—such as Integrated Community Case Management—focus on managing diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria by community health workers. Community Management of Acute Malnutrition is another such approach.
Diarrhea is a leading cause of death for children under five, mainly due to dehydration and related complications. Under USAID’s predecessor Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the Kenya team supported the Division of Nutrition and Child and the Division of Adolescent Health to pilot the integration of nutrition messages into oral rehydration therapy (ORT) corners, which provided oral rehydration solution to protect infants and young children from dehydration caused by diarrhea. ORT corners provided an opportunity to give families’ information on how to prevent malnutrition by feeding their children both during and after illness.
MCSP’s Nutrition, Child Health, and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) teams are evaluating the MCHIP experience in Kenya to glean lessons learned.