The Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit (NRU) for malnourished children operates independently from the Medical Centre and is staffed by nurse and nursing assistants, supervised by the PV Doctor.
The NRU was born out of a direct need seen within the community. The Potter’s Village Medical Centre was seeing more and more cases of malnourished children and also noticed repeat admission for some of these children. The Medical Centre has limited beds and some of the very malnourished needed longer term care than could be provided.
The NRU can now care for 12 Children, who often stay for around a month (with their primary carer) to receive effective nutritional rehabilitation and any other medical care required. Once they reach their target weight they return home where they monitored.
While onsite mothers (or carers) are taught about nutrition. There is an education kitchen where mothers learn to cook nutritious foods and they also learn about crop selection and management.
The Nurse in-Charge of the Nutrition Unit visits villages to talk to mothers about the importance of good nutrition and good hygiene with the aim of preventing malnutrition in children.
The Senior Nurse also does community eduction visits to teach people the importance of nutrition and to assess the children in that particular community. Sometimes this means picking up on cases before they reach critical level and often they find children whose parents cannot afford to seek help.
All children who pass through our NRU are followed up with regular assessments until such time as the Medical Team feel they no longer need support.