Humanitarian Response: Nutrition
A total of 40,594 children (21,109 girls and 19,485 boys) were screened for acute malnutrition during the month of November, among whom 178 (0.4 percent) were identified with SAM. 160 children (90 percent) of the 178 were referred for SAM treatment. Logistic and financial constraints were reported to be the two major challenges limiting access to SAM treatment. 469 (1.2 percent) children were identified with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM), 51,940 persons (20,723 males and 31,217 females) were sensitized on key messages on infant and young child feeding practices, integrating COVID-19 specific messages, while 2,012 caregivers were trained to detect and refer children with SAM to treatment services.
Under the preventive programme for undernutrition in food insecure areas, 12,780 children (6,002 boys and 6,778 girls) between 6 and 23 months and 8,053 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) were reached under the blanket supplementary feeding program (BSFP) implemented by WFP partners. Two-month rations (November and December 2020) were provided to the beneficiaries under the BSFP programme. Nutrition inputs (ready-to-use therapeutic food, drugs & therapeutic milk) for SAM management for three months were prepositioned at regional headquarters in Bamenda and Buea to ease access by partners and avert any shortages.