Humanitarian Response: Nutrition
Nutrition partners continued to support the response in remote, hard to reach, and peri-urban areas through fixed static health facilities, mobile teams and the rapid response mechanism (RRM). 66,285 children, including 32,651 boys and 33,634 girls, were screened for acute malnutrition during the month of December. 93 children, equivalent to 0.1 per cent had severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Only 49 children, equivalent to 52 per cent of all children with SAM received appropriate treatment. Projects of five partners were closed due to funding constraints.
Supporting the malnutrition treatment related to SAM is a significant challenge. OCHA is working with the Nutrition Cluster to ensure life-saving nutrition support is extended to all children identified with SAM. 574 children, equivalent to 0.8 per cent of screened children, were identified with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). 35,777 caregivers, including 20,436 women and 15,341 men were sensitized on key messages on infant and young child feeding practices.
11,595 children, including 5,461 boys and 6,134 girls, aged between 6 and 23 months, and 7,248 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) were reached under the preventive programme for undernutrition through blanket supplementary feeding programme (BSFP) in food insecure areas. Culinary demonstrations on preparation of super cereal were carried out at several distribution points. In order to enhance nutrition data collection, reporting and analysis via the district health information software (DHIS) II platform, UNICEF trained 22 data managers from 20 health districts in the NWSW regions on DHIS II. Access challenges including lockdowns and ghost towns affected the implementation of nutrition activities especially distributions in the BSFP programme.