The Nutrition as a component of HBC project was initiated in September 2003 with funds from American Jewish World Service (AJWS). The field project sites are in Western Kenya and its environs. The project was introduced after conducting a needs assessment among the beneficiaries. The findings revealed that a third of the home based care clients had defaulted on T.B drugs due to lack of food. Hence, distribution of nutrition supplements to PLWHA and OVC at home was initiated as an intervention strategy to avert the health and nutrition crisis.
The goal of the project is to improve the nutrition status of the Infected (PLWHA) and the affected (OVC).
Nutrition program has the following different components:
Sustainable School Community Development Program(SSCDP)
This is a one year project that will identify 1,500 pupils in pre-school and lower primary classes 1, 2 and 3 and 1,000 adolescent girls and boys and enrolled into feeding and youth support programs, respectively. These programs are in three schools, namely Nang’eni AC, Nina and Got Oyenga primary schools in Western Kenya. The school community are sensitized on the importance of the provision of quality education to pupils and the role parents/guardians play in ensuring pupils get quality education through Participatory Integrated Community Development (PICD). 18 community members will benefit from the loaning scheme as a way of sustaining the project through financial and in-kind support to the program.
The project will contribute to a number of results including: Higher school completion rates, Improved nutrition and health status, Improved social and emotional behavior, Improved parent-child relationship, early stimulation, intellectual development; an enhanced self-esteem among adolescent girls; preparation and keeping the children at par with children from more affluent neighborhoods who pass through nursery education and community economic empowerment.
Nutricare Production Center:
This is where production of complementary flour that can be made into a highly nutritious porridge or Ugali is done. The flour itself is processed using only locally available cereals, legumes and fruits, which is ground, packaged and marketed by the Nutricare staff. The emphasis on using local products ensures that the flour is both palatable and affordable for clients. Ginger, Vit C and micronutrients form part of additives to the Extra, Afya and NENE products consecutively.
The three products are specifically designed for different categories of individuals as stated below;
1. K-MET NENE Nutriflour is a formula for complementary feeding of children especially in the PMTCT programs/weaning formula and pregnant women.
2. K-MET Extra Nutriflour is designed to help HIV/AIDS patients with their medication regimens. Has ginger flavour
3. K-MET Afya nutriflour is complete nutrition suitable for the whole family use. Additive is Vit C