I am now in the process of sorting the administration for my next mission with Doctors Without Borders. It was confirmed on Thursday evening that I will be joining the team in Leer which in the North of South Sudan see MAP. I will be away for 6 months and will be the nurse at the Therapeutic Feeding Centre. This little section gives a bit of information about the role of a TFC :
A Therapeutic Feeding Centre (or Therapeutic Feeding Programme) is designed to treat severe malnutrition through the gradual introduction of a special diet intended to promote weight gain after the individual has been treated for other health problems. The treatment programme is split between two phases:
- Phase 1 lasts for 24 hours and involves basic health care and several small meals of low energy/protein food spaced over the day.
- Phase 2 involves monitoring of the patient and several small meals of high energy/protein food spaced over each day until the individual’s weight approaches normal.
MSF uses foods designed specifically for treatment of severe malnutrition. During phase 1, a type of therapeutic milk called F-75 is fed to patients. F-75 is a relatively low energy, low fat/protein milk powder that must be mixed with water and given to patients to prepare their bodies for phase 2.During phase 2, therapeutic milk called F-100, which is higher in energy/fat/protein content than F-75, is given to patients, usually along with a peanut butter mixture called Plumpy’nut. F-100 and Plumpy’nut are designed to quickly provide large amounts of nutrients so that patients can be treated efficiently.Other special food fed to populations in danger of starvation includes enriched flour and porridge, as well as a high protein biscuit called BP5. BP5 is a popular food for treating populations because it can be distributed easily and sent home with individuals, or it can be crushed and mixed with therapeutic milk for specific treatments.
I am very happy to be joining the team in Leer, I have spoken to two of them already and they were very friendly and kind. I don’t have a specific date as yet but I will pop it on this site as soon as I can. It will be great to be back in the field and doing the job that I have now only been talking about for the last few years. MSF do things , they don’t just talk about them and I was starting to feel frustrated.
I look forward to telling you about the mission. I will find a way to update the blog if possible. Please continue to support Doctors Without Borders, any donations via this site are always hugely appreciated and go directly to MSF.