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One Year of Canadian International Development Agency Nutritional Project Galmi, Niger Republic
Joanna Bogunjoko1,2, S. Kolade Ernest1,2.
1CREN Hopita de la SIM, Galmi, Nigeria Republic,
2University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Ilorin, Nigeria.
Niger Republic is a land-locked resource-poor country with very low annual rainfall and poor agricultural performance. It is rated second poorest country in the world. Due to the problem of malnutrition the Canadian International Development Agency started a nutritional programme located within the premises of the only major Mission hospital in the country to focus on treating malnourished children in an effective and affordable way, train mothers on child care through "Learning by Doing" and encourage the trained mothers to train other mothers. This one-year appraisal shows that 382 children were admitted into the rehabilitation center. None was less than 6 months of age. Their stay ranged between 2 to 39 days. Most of the children gained weight appreciably after initial loss due to peripheral oedema. Mothers understood what was taught to them. No mother had to stay back after child was discharged because of knowledge gaps. It was assessed that the programme is satisfying its objectives and recommended that it should be duplicated in other parts of Niger Republic and other resource-poor nations of the West Africa.

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