From March to December 2022, MSF has screened 24,182 children under five for acute malnutrition, newly screening 4,923 children from the community and enrolling 1,354 malnourished children in the malnutrition program while referring three to the nearest higher-level facilities. This has allowed thousands of patients to access prompt care while reducing the number of malnourished children not responding to treatment.
Outreach and Community surveillance
MSF has been carrying out weekly active case-finding and surveillance activities in the community to reach children who would otherwise be missed despite being malnourished. Underlining the dire situation, 117 of the 137 malnourished children admitted in the inpatient therapeutic feeding centre in Illeret Health Centre were identified during outreach and surveillance activities.