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Origin of Nutricartes®

In 2007, L’APPEL was supported by the European Union when leading a programme to fight against, acute to moderate, childhood malnutrition in Madagascar.

Backed up by dispensaries managed by the SAF-FJKM (Madagascar-based NGO for development), 5, then 7 CRENAM (rehabilitation centres for acute to moderate malnutrition) were created to implement rules established by the Madagascar Ministry of Health.

It was soon revealed that the basic principles of a balanced diet and basic hygiene, as well as how to act in case of diarrhoea or dehydration, were not known by the parents of malnourished children.
Once out of the re-nutrition programme there was a strong risk of relapse, especially among younger children.

This is why we created a fun training tool : the Nutricartes®
It is based on the parents’ knowledge, even if partial, on their fears, taboos, etc. It also encourages exchanges between the participants, letting them imagine new practices and the way in which to implement them.

In 2014, a dietician in public health training at the Geneva Medical School put in place an evaluation of the re-nutrition programme (CRENAM) using the Nutricartes® Method in Madagascar.

Thanks to the success and lasting good results of the Nutricartes® tool, other NGOs in Madagascar and other countries where L’APPEL is present are supporting nutritional programmes : Burkina Faso, Chad, Haïti, and Peru.

The High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR)
learned of the Nutricartes® tool and put it in place in its refugee camps in West Africa.