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Managing orphaned infants <6 months & challenges to technical guidance

Author: GIFA / ENN report (MSF)
Year: 2003
Resource type: Case study

Case study from: INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING IN EMERGENCIES GIFA/ENN PROJECT (2003)

Researchers: Mary Corbett (Evaluation of Module 1) and Marie McGrath (Collation of case studies)

Case 41
Location: Khartoum, Sudan
Source: MSF France
Time: 2003
Issue: Managing orphaned infants under six months and challenges to technical guidance

Recently, we were asked by the Ministry of Health to intervene in an orphanage in Khartoum. We found we were faced with a situation where they have 100 infants under six months, who had been abandoned and are were being looked after in the orphanage. When we arrived, the reported mortality was 75%. We were faced with managing malnourished infants who are not breastfed, and at the same time, attempting to cater for infants who were not malnourished but urgently required an alternative to breastmilk.

We took decisions that were practical, pragmatic and after massive consideration, we felt appropriate. However in doing so, we did feel out on a limb in terms of training and guidance and that we were, somehow, breaking all the infant feeding “rules’.

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GIFA / ENN report (MSF) (2003). Managing orphaned infants <6 months & challenges to technical guidance. www.ennonline.net/orphansundersixmonths