To support their efforts, the lead mothers work in partnership with a nurse in charge of the Monka Health Area who provides pharmaceutical support after the children go home. The Budikadidi field agent and care group also provide support and followup throughout and after each child’s treatment. At admission, during treatment and at discharge, each child receives a health card on which their age, height, weight and other signs are regularly recorded. Follow-up is organized at home after the child’s discharge, at which point the team can monitor the child’s progress and react in the case of relapse.
Budikadidi’s care group approach has enabled lead mothers to come together and support their neighboring households and communities. Each care group is comprised of 10-15 lead mothers who meet regularly and share best practices and lessons learned from the project. The Budikadidi team has trained 87 care group promoters who in turn trained 5,096 lead mothers.
"I am happy with what I have learned so far on malnutrition among children thanks to Budikadidi, and I will fight to put an end to malnutrition in my village," Kapinga told project organizers. Thanks to Kapinga and the other lead mothers, more and more households in the Democratic Republic of Congo are adopting and practicing new skills in nutrition, health and hygiene.