The goal of the nutrition program is to improve the nutritional status of clients accessing care at AMPATH. They strive to correct and treat severe malnutrition related to HIV and AIDS and to alleviate food insecurity in the households of clients accessing care at AMPATH.
- Nutrition assessment, education and counseling.
- Providing therapeutic feeding for the severely malnourished. This is a community therapeutic feeding program (CTF) where the severely malnourished are identified through the clinic and they are prescribed a ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to take home and are followed up weekly at the clinic until they are stable.
- Providing supplementary feeding for the moderately malnourished and the vulnerable groups. The vulnerable groups include pregnant women, lactating mothers, patients co-infected with TB and HIV, and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). This is aimed at correcting mild and moderate malnutrition.
- Food support for the food insecure households - especially those of malnourished clients and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The food is from World Food Programme and AMPATH's production farms.
- A weaning process for the clients enrolled on food.
- Currently feeding up to 31,000 individuals (index clients and their households).
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