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Prevention and treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children Under 5 Years in Hudur District, Bakool region of Somalia.


Titre : Prevention and treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children Under 5 Years in Hudur District, Bakool region of Somalia.

Pays /Région : Somalie

Code projet : CHF-DDA-3485-716 -

Durée : 9 mois Fev 2015

The failed Gu rains and the AMISOM offensive against AS in 2014 led to a further deterioration of the already critical humanitarian situation in Bakol Region, and especially in its capital Xudur. The conflict related blockade of major supply routes leaves the local market basically empty and prices for the few available items have almost doubled, as everything is brought in small amounts and often under the risk of life. Only few food trucks (ACF, WFP) have reached Xudur after weeks of seeking their way through the siege. This caused a serious disruption of local livelihoods and a renewed nutritional crisis with high levels of acute malnutrition is observed by MARDO and ACF teams. No official FSNAU nutrition data is available for Xudur (insecurity, lack of access for FSNAU teams, focus on IDP only). Thus we can only conclude roughly from ACF’s and MARDO’s own nutrition admission data and a rapid nutrition assessment done in May 2014 that the nutritional situation in Xudur remains critical (> 15% GAM) to very critical (> 5.6% SAM). Additionally in Sep-14 an AWD outbreak brought more than 140 children to the ACF supported MCH. Access for humanitarian teams and aid remains a major challenge. During the floods in October ACF teams had almost no shelter and NFI kits to distribute to the more than 300 affected families. On more than one occasion ACF had to use very expensive private charter planes or the few UNHAS cargo planes to bring in live-saving drugs and therapeutic food

Currently ACF is running 1 stabilization center under the CHF Nutrition project. As at Deccember 2014, 392 boys and girls were referred and treated at the outpatient therapeutic program while 157 boys and girls were refereed to the stabilisation centre to treat the complications. At the Stabilisation centre SAM cases with medical complications receive treatment while their caretakers receive health education and care practice sessions. ACF also strengthens local capacities (MARDO in Xudur) through a supportive training/coaching approach. Additionally ACF provides direct training, supply of drugs, equipment and therapeutic feeds, running costs (generator costs), and reimbursement of staff costs. 100 community members were sensitized on health and nutrition. In addition to continuous screening and treatment of SAM children with complications, educating caretakers, and training activities, rehabilitation of the Stabilization Center and replacement of fixtures, expansion to accommodate more patients and furniture is planned. ACF will implement a food security project primarily targeting households with SAM children. The WASH project will increase access to clean drinking water and sanitation to communities who will be benefiting from the nutrition intervention, especially WASH facilities rehabilitated at the MCH/SC. Access to safe drinking water and better sanitation and hygiene practices will greatly contribute to reduction of diseases and subsequent under nutrition

Porteur du projet : ACF (Action Contre la Faim)

Financement : Nations Unies

Contribution : 292,632.12 $

United Nations Development Group

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