Center for Recovery and Nutritional Education (CRNE)

Situation : Burkina Faso – Ouagadougou et Nobéré

Goals :

  • Save malnourished children
  • Educate the mothers on nutrition, health and hygiene
  • Ensure a consistent, long term follow-up of the children


Beneficiaries: children with malnutrition


Recovery is done through a special regime on the basis of a very precise assistance protocol: the children are given therapeutic milk the first few days, and then when their state improves, they receive cooked baby cereals enriched with local products and get ready to leave the center. The children are treated for systematic parasitic infestation and receive medical care.
Meals and medicine are given through naso-gastric probe while the children are incited to eat so that they do not lose the taste of food.
The food diet allows a fast resumption of weight gain if the child does not suffer from a specific disease. Recovery time varies from 2 to 4 weeks.


When the child is back to a normal weight and progresses well, he leaves the Center and benefits from a monthly check-up during one year at major weighing sessions.
The mother gets some milk and food supplies to make the enriched baby food at home. She also profits from a teaching on nutrition to enable her to take care of her child once back at home.


– Projects supported by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) –Logo DDC