Carry a double burden in the Land of Safari
Nancy Lomwai, the mother of twins in West Pokot, Kenya, says ‘‘carrying my two babies is burdensome. I still can take a motorbike for some of the journey, although I do not have enough money to go the whole way. The weekly commute to the nutrition clinic is very tiring, Good thing I have no other children at home I could not come here.
Not only is the travel arduous on the mothers, once they arrive they might find out the nutrition clinic has supply shortages, meaning they have to return empty handed. Weekly growth monitoring is essential for the treatment of acute malnutrition the twins are suffering with.
Empty or low stock levels are a frequent yet avoidable reality in many clinics here and elsewhere. Breaks in the supply chain of therapeutic foods can have a significant impact on attendance, coverage and eventually the effectiveness of entire regional programmes. Finding that after a troublesome journey there is not treatment is a leading cause nutrition treatment services being perceived as unreliable, absenteeism and mothers not returning to next weekly monitor visits.
In the case of Nancy, a visit comes at a considerable cost and time she can not devote to her home, petty trade and frame. If the risk is high to find stockouts, it is the number one factor in her assessment if the of distance and cost to travel to the clinic is acceptable. “People are patient and do not complain all that much even though some have come here from very far away.” comments the Community Health Worker at the clinic. “However if we have not had supplies for some weeks or months, many of the mothers will not return for a second or third visit.” #Kenya #Pokot #humansofKenya @everdayafrica #EastAfrica #malnutrtion #SAM #healthcare #acutemalnutrition #documentaryphotography #photographer #photojournalist #poverty #humanitariancrisis #family #humanstoryies #humanencounter #development @CMN @acf_uk