The Community Health Center (Puskesmas) in Oekam village, West Timor, in the only clinic for people from 10 villages in Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) district, and Vera Kuli has been working there for the past six years. Part of her role is monitoring children’s nutritional status in all 10 villages; and, in this role, she works closely with nurses in the CWS-supported Therapeutic Feeding Center (TFC) in nearby Soe by referring young children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) for treatment. “We have so many cases of malnourished children in the district”, said Vera, “and, they need very special care that only the TFC can provide”. Once children are successfully treated she continues to monitor them once they have returned – usually after about 3 weeks – to help mothers and other caregivers make sure the children do not slip back into malnourishment or other illness. While Vera is grateful that the much-needed TFC exists and is supported so strongly by CWS, she is also happy for other aspects of her job – like nutrition education and support to families so their children do not develop SAM and other conditions of poor wellbeing.
“These Children Need Very Special Care”
CWS Indonesia | April 8, 2017