Many caregivers are unable to meet the nutritional needs of growing children, and children who go to school hungry are unable to concentrate in class, and they might even miss school altogether. The effects of poor nutrition on learning are a widespread problem because, in order to function properly, the brain needs a constant supply of healthy fats, proteins, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals.
In addition, it is imperative that people who are taking anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and/or TB medication have sufficient food intake, otherwise the medication is not absorbed optimally and the patients feel nauseous and do not comply with their treatment schedule and their bodies do not benefit optimally from the treatment.
Our dietician, Elmaré, is one of the most dedicated and compassionate people at Witkoppen Clinic. She says that a Dietician’s job has many facets, including anthropometrical, dietary and clinical assessment, dietary recommendation and advice, growth monitoring, etc. However, the core aspect of Dietician’s work entails the Therapeutic Diet, which involves assessing the patients’ diet and compiling a Meal Plan according to their needs. This is the part of my work that is time consuming, says Elmaré and as she is currently seeing over 500 patients per month, she does not have enough time to do this.
Elmaré says that a volunteer with the willingness to learn can assist her greatly with routine work such as completion of growth charts, dietary advice and management of the store room.
A volunteer who is a student in Nutrition or Dietetics, or an individual with interest in health and nutrition would be ideal. The number of volunteers needed depends on availability, one every weekday would be wonderful!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.