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Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition training

Health and Nutrition

April 09, 2024 Mogadishu

Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) training to combat Malnutrition in Somalia

In a bid to tackle the persistent issue of malnutrition, Health and Nutrition workers from Shibis and Shangani districts in Mogadishu went through an intensive training in Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM). This comprehensive training aimed to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify, treat, and prevent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations.

The IMAM training, organized by CISP with the support of UNICEF and Banadir Regional Administration, was a crucial step towards reducing the prevalence of malnutrition and improving the overall health outcomes of communities. 14 female Health and Nutrition workers from Shiibis and Shangani districts participated in this training to enhance their understanding of malnutrition management.

The 5 days training encompassed a wide range of topics, including the identification of malnutrition, assessment techniques, nutritional rehabilitation, and counselling for caregivers. Participants were also educated on the importance of breastfeeding, optimal infant and young child feeding practices, and the role of balanced diets in preventing malnutrition.

"I feel empowered as a healthcare professional after completing the IMAM training. I am ready to identify and treat acute malnutrition effectively, ensuring that no child or adult suffers the consequences of this preventable condition." Says Safiya, a top nurse from Shangani.

Experts in the field of nutrition and child health led the training sessions, providing evidence-based knowledge and practical guidance. The interactive sessions were to ensure health workers develop the necessary skills to effectively address malnutrition in their respective communities.

The IMAM training program aligns with the national strategy to combat malnutrition and improve healthcare services. It emphasizes the integration of nutrition services into the existing healthcare system, ensuring that malnutrition prevention and treatment become an integral part of routine healthcare delivery.

"Through the IMAM training, I have learned that malnutrition is not just a health issue but also a social and economic concern. I am committed to advocating for broader interventions and raising awareness about the impact of malnutrition on individuals and societies," said Zahra, Nurse at Shibis Health Centre.

Health workers who completed the IMAM training expressed their enthusiasm and commitment to applying their newfound knowledge in their daily practice.



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