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CONSUMPTION OF RUTF BY NON-MALNUTRITION PEOPLE IN KASAI ORIENTAL

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ISRAEL KALONJI ILUNGA

Medecin nutrititioniste/PRONANUT

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28 Oct 2021, 20:00

Dear all,

The DRC, in particular the province of eastern kasai, is experiencing a serious problem which hinders the treatment of cases of malnutrition in nutritional rehabilitation units. These include the abusive consumption of RUTF by non-malnourished people. Theft and marketing is open to the sky despite the minister's order prohibiting the marketing and consumption of nut-based inputs.

We are considering a study to understand this phenomenon with a view to providing appropriate solutions. Are there already studies carried out elsewhere that can give us ideas ?; Also, thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Regards.

Anonymous 40504

Global Health Expert

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29 Oct 2021, 10:42

Dear Sir,

Hope this email find you well. It's an exciting project you are building. This practice beyond best practices is unfortunately common.Roughly, what came out the box, to explain it, could be resume in: local network of illegal supply, misuse of RUTF due to beneficiaries persons in charge, needs expression from adults (Malnourished or not ?).

How do you answer at Project level? 

- Social and Behavior Change Communication,

- Implement a better management of  RUTF dedicated to each development/emergency       project.

Best wishes 

Dr Moussa MBOW

Directeur Exécutif de l'Association ICADES

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29 Oct 2021, 13:44

Hello everybody

Consumption of RUTF by people who are not acutely malnourished is a common practice even here in Mauritania. I have often heard that some people use them as chocolate for breakfast.

So the sick are not often the only beneficiaries of the ration which is in certain circumstances shared between the other brothers and sisters.

John NTABO SHEBENI

Health and Nutrition Officer, International Medica

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1 Nov 2021, 16:22

There are studies conducted on this abuse of RUTF by
non-malnourished people. It should be noted that the community workers do not strengthen awareness and follow-up in the
community but also healthcare providers are not involved.
The only thing to reinforce is the home follow-up of all
patients on the program.
Dr John NTABO SHEBENI

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