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    Feature Article
    Nutritionist Without Borders
    2009
    Vol. 16 Issue 1
     
    Nutritionist without Borders (NWB) is a Non Governmental Organization established in the year 2006 by a multidisciplinary health care professional team which shares one principle “serving man is serving God, and this service should be accorded to all without fear or favour”. NWB has a Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya, whose mandate is to “contribute to provision of holistic health care to the Kenyan population through advocacy, capacity building, technical support, networking, research and innovative nutrition, health & HIV/AIDS programs for a healthy nation in accordance to professional ethics and National Health Sector Strategy.” This mandate is based on the core values of 1) Promotion of healthy lifestyles. 2) Contribution to reduction of morbidity and mortality.3) Empowerment of health systems and communities through health education and poverty eradication. 

    NWB Membership
    Currently the membership database stands at 200.The members are recruited on their interest to serve others and make the world a better place and is not limited to age, gender, race, religion, education/profession, ethnicity or nationalism but the will to live and make someone’s life better through Education, Economic Empowerment and Spiritualism. 

    NWB activities
    NWB activities are national in scope and are geared towards alleviation of poverty and malnutrition as well as promotion and advocacy of Nutrition & Health both at the clinical and community settings through capacity building, research, community health and income generating initiatives. NWB boasts of having trained over 1000 clinicians (doctors, nurses and nutritionists) in the management of severe acute malnutrition, over 200 healthcare professionals on obesity and wellness programs and 500 in palliative care. The Diabetes Care and Management training is in the planning stage and is targeting over 2000 health care professionals nationally.

    NWB and community
    NWB has been involved in community based programs geared towards public health promotion in collaboration with Government Ministries and other INGOS as well as private stakeholders. Collaborative programs include introduction of therapeutic feeding centers in urban slums, Maternal and Child Nutrition Programs and Capacity Building on the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and infant and young child feeding (IYCF). Others include promotion of Water and Sanitation Health (WASH), Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS and Obesity and Malnutrition eradication programs.

    NWB volunteers, internship and exchange programs
    NWB receives volunteers from all walks of life. Due to the high rate of unemployment, NWB receives 10 volunteers on a monthly basis who are trained to work as outreach workers screening for malnutrition at the targeted communities. NWB also receives medical, nutrition and nursing students who join the internship program which run bi-annually. Currently, NWB is initiating an international exchange program which will start in March 2009.This program is aimed at international students/workers visiting NWB Programs and share knowledge, experience in different settings of the world. NWB is willing to work with all health based organizations in these programs. NWB also envisions establishing a clinical nutrition training institute in Kenya to bridge the existing gap in Clinical Nutrition practice. NWB welcomes interested individuals and organizations/institutions to share and contribute towards this venture.

    NWB Funding
    NWB has received limited funding since its establishment. Program support mostly comes from members’ contributions and minimal from income generating projects. Currently, NWB is looking for donor support to fund its major projects which includes hosting its website for a more efficient communication system, initiating therapeutic feeding Programs and expansion of its existing training, and research structures. 

    Funding appeal to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty in Kenya
    Following the 2007-2008 Post Election Violence (PEV) in Kenya and the massive crop failure due to failure of rains in the last two seasons which has left an estimated 10 million Kenyans facing starvation and death (Red-Cross Kenya, 2009), the Kenyan President has declared Hunger a national disaster due to the rising and escalating numbers of people facing starvation and death in the country. As one of our objectives, NWB is harnessing for funds and food from individuals and corporate institutions to assist in feeding this large population which already has signs and symptoms of acute malnutrition as shown by the statistics received from hospital admissions. The main sufferers are women and children and the situation seems to be getting out of hand hence, the need for more aggressive international appeals.

    NWB is hereby seeking donations from well wishers from all parts of the world to fight hunger in Kenya. The funds generated will be used to produce and purchase ready-to-eat food to be distributed to communities living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, urban and rural slums, arid and semi-arid regions.

    For more information, Contact the following -

    Anastacia W Kariuki
    Director-NWB
    Consultant Nutritionist / Lecturer University of Nairobi
    Tel: Office +2543567287/7506 Mob. +254721283491
    Email: wanasaus@yahoo.com 
    wanasaus@gmail.com 

    Lina Njoroge 
    Project manager
    Tel: Office+2543567287 Mob. +25476892174/733757901
    Email: thiira@yahoo.com