I have been working for ACF since May 2010 as an assistant on the Nutrition Programme which focuses on the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition in the area surrounding Moussoro.
My work consists of managing personnel in the ACF mobile teams, providing technical and logisitical support to in-patient and out-patient Therapeutic Feeding Centres and preparing activity reports for these centres. I also maintain relations with external organisations and bodies in the area.
The community suffers from very poor rates of nutrition with the most vulnerable groups being children under 5, nursing mothers and pregnant women. The community has a very limited understanding of what malnutrition is.
Community mobilisation programmes and the distribution of emergency rations has improved the state of nutrition in children over the last few months.
They relate largely to cultural and religious problems. I constantly need to use my interpersonal skills to maintain cordial relations with the community, especially with village leaders and Health Centres managers who we work with.
Click here to read the story of four year old twins Cherefie and Acete, who suffer from severe acute malnutrition in Bahr-el-Ghazal, where Nicolas works.