Establishment of Stabilization Centers – Provincial Training of Trainers (ToT)
The severely malnourished children (SAM) are categorized as SAM-with complications and SAM-without complications. SAM children without complications are treated in the Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTPs) while the ones having complications are initially admitted in the Stabilization Centers (SCs) for treatment of medical complications and subsequently shifted to the OTPs for further treatment.
The progress in establishment of the OTPs has been encouraging as all the focused districts have successfully established and operationalized these treatment sites; the SCs however are yet to be established and made operational.
For the establishment of SCs each focused district was requested to notify relevant staff for training on the SC protocols. On receipt of the nominations a five days training of trainers was organized from 6th to 10th February 2017 at Boys Scouts Quetta.
A total number of 26 participants Chief Medical Officers, Medical officers, Lady Medical Officers, Pediatricians, Medical Technicians, Dispensers and Nurses) were trained on the various modules of the inpatient care and were also briefed on the supplies and support they would receive from the provincial office for the establishment of the inpatient care units in their respective districts.
A field visit to the Stabilization Center (SC) established by MSF in the provincial capital (Quetta) was also organized for the participants. During the visit the participants were briefed on the various important features for running the SCs effectively.
The participants actively participated in the training and showed their motivation in establishing and operating the stabilization centers.
With trainings completed and supplies provided to the districts the provincial program office is hopeful that the inpatient care units in the 7BNPMC districts would soon become operational.