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Success of severe malnutrition management in Al-Sadaqa Hospital

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Photos of children who were admitted and managed by the medical staff of the WHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in AdenPhotos of children who were admitted and managed by the medical staff of the WHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Aden26 January 2015 - Success stories about acute severe malnutrition management in the WHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Al-Sadaqa Teaching Hospital of the Aden governorate have been included in a supplementary booklet for training.

WHO provides continuous support to therapeutic feeding centres in Yemen. One of the main centres in the southern area is the Al-Sadaqa Centre in Aden which is considered a main referral centre for all governorates around Aden. In addition to the management role provided by the centre, the presence of a highly equipped training centre in the nutrition department is contributing to building the capacity of health workers.

Photos of children who were admitted and managed by the medical staff of the WHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Aden“Nutrition is not an isolated issue. It’s connected to many sectors and fields and many factors affect the nutrition status of a community, including infant and child health, food security, education and the family income,” said Dr Ahmed Shadoul, WHO Representative for Yemen.

The training booklet highlights the achievements of the centre. It contains albums showing clinical signs of cases of severe malnutrition and photos of patients who were admitted and managed successfully by the centre. It also provides advice on  anthropometric indicators.

Photos of children who were admitted and managed by the medical staff of the WHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Aden

“This booklet is considered a reference for those who seek better management for the cases of severe malnutrition,” said Dr Latifa Abbas, pediatric specialist and nutrition field officer at WHO sub-office in Aden. “It’s really vital to publish and distribute such booklets, especially in light of the increasing cases of malnutrition.”

The Al-Sadaqa therapuetic feeding centre started working in July 2006 and it faced a lot of obstacles, such as shortage of beds and pediatric specialists. In 2011, WHO rehabilitated the centre and expanded the bed capacity in addition to setting up a training room, maternal education and counselling corner, as well as mental development and playing corner. This expansion allowed for the admission of more patients, improved work performance and decreased the mortality rate from 8.3% to less than 5%.

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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