Clin Case Rep Int | Volume 7, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

Literature Review on Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods in the Fight against Severe Acute Malnutrition in Africa: Modes of Access and Uses in Households

Kaseba AN1,2*, Ramata D2, Pokpa K2, Laetitia YK2, Kabenga GK3 and Sompwe EM3

1School of Public Health, University of Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
2African Institute of Public Health, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
3University of Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

*Correspondance to: AndrĂ© Ngombe Kaseba 

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Abstract

Introduction: Each year in Africa, one million children under the age of 5 die from causes related to malnutrition in all its forms, at present, the treatment of severe acute malnutrition, especially without complications, is managed in the integrated community outpatient therapeutic program using RUTF, which led us to ask ourselves the question about the place of these foods in the fight against SAM. Objective: Take stock of the place of ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) in the fight against SAM in African countries. Materials and Methods: The study consisted of a documentary review on the place of readyto- use therapeutic foods in the fight against SAM in African countries (modes of access and uses in households). Twenty-one relevant articles were searched to highlight the operation of supplementation programs, and the challenges of these programs in treatment centers. Results: Nutritional rehabilitation centers are surrounded by technological innovations in RUTF supplementation programs, but countless consulted literatures relate the challenges and perspectives that are experienced in the availability and regularity of RUTF. Achieving this requires multisectoral collaboration. Conclusion: To provide quality care and services to populations and households with children suffering from SAM in Africa, sufficient resources must be allocated to RUTF supplementation programs, and proper supervision of supply and care centers must be ensured. rigor.

Keywords:

RUTF; SAM; Africa; Access; Household

Citation:

Kaseba AN, Ramata D, Pokpa K, Laetitia YK, Kabenga GK, Sompwe EM. Literature Review on Ready-to- Use Therapeutic Foods in the Fight against Severe Acute Malnutrition in Africa: Modes of Access and Uses in Households. Clin Case Rep Int. 2023; 7: 1490.

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