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Nutrition Response for the Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition – Somalia


Titre : Nutrition Response for the Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition – Somalia

Pays /Région : Somalie

Code projet : CHF-DDA-3485-724 -

Durée : 12 mois Fev 2015

FSNAU is currently finalizing analysis and findings from the Post Deyr 2014/2015 survey and results are expected at the end of January 2015. Findings will confirm the anticipated caseload, including nutritionally vulnerable and food insecure areas, as well as programming needs and strategies for 2015. The Post Gu 2014 analysis, however, revealed a sustained critical nutrition situation with an estimated 14.9 % (218,000) acutely malnourished boys and girls under-5 (nearly 1 in 7 children under-5) – a 7% increase since January 2014, signifying a deterioration in 2014. This figure includes 2.6% (44,000) boys and girls under-5 suffering from SAM who carry a high mortality risk and require lifesaving interventions. Over 74% of these children are in CSZ. These acute needs exist alongside chronic nutrition needs in Somalia, especially those related to IYCF practices, micronutrient deficiencies and poor hygiene practices. Exclusive breastfeeding for up to 6 months remains extremely low with only 5.3% of Somali children getting the best start in life. This drastically affects physical development, individual and national productivity. Additionally, FSNAU’s meta-analysis of nutrition trends showed that acute malnutrition also has significant associations with illness, including common child illnesses. Children who were ill had 1.55 times greater risk of being acutely malnourished than those who were not, with diarrhoea posing the highest risk of malnutrition in children.

The Basic Nutrition Services Package (BNSP) is centered on a holistic approach, combining treatment, prevention and promotion approaches to achieve maximum impact. In order to strengthen this approach in 2015, UNICEF will continue to evolve from a primarily service delivery programme to enhancing evidence-based quality improvement for all BNSP components. The main priorities for 2015 are thus as follows : a) Strengthening provision of IMAM services in order to achieve 90% geographical coverage of services in worst affected areas ; b) Improving quality and case coverage of the minimum BNSP delivered through the IMAM programme ; c) Improving quality of community-based prevention and promotion services and increasing demand for, and utilization of, IMAM services ; d) Capacity development and systems strengthening, including supply chain improvements and real time monitoring of BSNP services, through a decentralized online dashboard and bottleneck analysis framework ; and e) Enhancing the enabling environment and strategic capacity of the sector for scaling up nutrition. Overall, UNICEF aims to ensure the continued and timely provision of essential nutrition supplies and programme costs for the holistic management of acute malnutrition. It is anticipated that CHF funds will fill critical gaps in the above-mentioned priorities, in addition to enabling continued geographical and case coverage, through the provision of regular procurement and freight costs.

Porteur du projet : UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)

Financement : Nations Unies

Contribution : 1,149,999.47

United Nations Development Group

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