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Average length of stay in Stabilization Center

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Njeri Waigwa

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3 May 2017, 08:02

Hi i wanted to find out if there are any studies done on length of stay in SC? is there an acceptable time a child should stay in the SC if there are functional OTP to receive them?

Melaku mengesha


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3 May 2017, 11:45

Hello Dear All,
The average acceptable length of stay in SC is 5-7 days. Except for medical complications and if the child's appetite has not improved.

Kemal J. Tunne

Emergency project coordinator

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3 May 2017, 15:05

SC stabilization Center stay times are usually 5-7 days and where possible OTP to receive them should be in place. Otherwise it can't be said to be a full CMAM programme. Even TSFP and community mobilization should be integrated as CMAM package with IYCF or IYCF _E.  For further information please refer to these WHO guidelines :

WHO | Management of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children

WHO | Transition feeding of children 6–59 months of age with severe acute malnutrition..

[PDF]Guidelines for the inpatient treatment of severely malnourished children
by C Schofield - ?2003? Related articles successfully use the guidelines to treat severe malnutrition in tents.

Lalaho X-topher


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14 May 2017, 20:34

The accepted days of stay in the SC, are 5-7 days, others can be as well discharged in four days, as long as they meet the "Exit Criteria" and referred for OTP....
We don't wait for the days but the response to treatment and meeting the criteria approved by WHO and UNICEF is the Appropriate measure of days, but remember all children staying in the SC for more than those days should be thoroughly examine by a Nutritionist and a Medical Doctor.

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