Strengthening management of acute malnutrition in Tajikistan
A second round of training on integrated management of acute malnutrition was held in Kurgan-tube, Tajikistan, on 11–15 November 2013.
The 5-day training workshop for 30 paediatricians from primary health care and paediatric wards of 10 central district hospitals in the Khatlon region was a follow-up of an earlier 5-day workshop on treatment challenges and enigmas of severe acute malnutrition.
This second round of training focused on improving referral systems with active case findings, as well as improving the capacity of health care providers to prevent acute malnutrition, manage cases with moderate and severe acute malnutrition without complications, and prevent relapse through follow-up care.
Group work discussions and parallel sessions during the training also provided participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and share knowledge, skills and experience.
The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Health with technical support from WHO and funded by the WHO Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health in Tajikistan.
With support from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of Health distributed during the same period therapeutic foods to hospitals in the 10 pilot districts of Khatlon that have begun implementing in-patient treatment. The goal is to strengthen implementation of in-patient care and prepare health workers to establish an out-patient/ambulatory care programme with the support of WHO, the World Food Programme and UNICEF.