MFK’s Nutrition Program Looking Forward to the Future
Our guest blogger this week is MFK Nurse Educator Ketsia Ratzlaff
2020 gives us all not just a new year, but a new decade – one full of hope, and possibilities. It’s a great time to reflect on where we have been, and even more exciting, where we are going. Here is a snapshot of what we have going on in the MFK nutrition department:
Artibonite: The Artibonite region of Haiti is known to have high incidences of childhood malnutrition. MFK currently partners with one clinic in the region, approximately a four-hour drive from the factory. We are in the process of building additional partnerships with clinics and hospitals in that area, allowing us to expand our reach and treat more children suffering from malnutrition.
Grace Children’s Hospital: This hospital, located approximately 15 minutes from the Port-Au-Prince airport has treated up to 60 children in their malnutrition clinic. I had the opportunity to visit the hospital this past December with our Haitian nurse, Magdalla, and the need was severe. We have plans to continue this much-needed partnership, and support the clinic with more visits and education, to best equip the nurses in treating malnourished children.
Education: In healthcare, continuing education is critical. Best practices are always evolving, and one must constantly be engaged in learning. Each month, the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population organizes a meeting focused on childhood malnutrition in Haiti. Professionals representing different organizations and areas in Haiti gather in Port-au-Prince to discuss problems, solutions, and ideas related to childhood malnutrition. The MFK nutrition team participates and keeps current with ongoing health issues in the country, as well as, builds and maintains relationships with supporting organizations. We are also able to aid in the transfer of knowledge, as we take what we gain from these meetings to the nurses at the clinics we visit. Knowledge is meant for sharing.
We are very excited to see all that MFK and our partner clinics will achieve in 2020!