Humanitarian Response: Nutrition
In August, 26,521 children under 5 years of age were screened for acute malnutrition with 110 (0.4 percent) identified with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 323 (1.2 percent) children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM).94 children with SAM (85 percent) were supported with treatment, however 15 percent were not able to receive treatment as coverage and availability of SAM treatment is still low compared to the number of cases identified. The existing referral system still needs to be strengthened.
Under the preventive programme for malnutrition in food insecure areas, 11,230 children between 6-23 months and 6,931 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) were reached under the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP) implemented by WFP partners in the NWSW. Implementation was carried out by SHUMAS, Reach Out, SUDAHASER, INTERSOS, Action Against Hunger (AAH), CBCHS, COMINSUD, and CARITAS with resource support from UNICEF and WFP. In addition to the partner’s efforts, the two regional Delegations of public health organized activities in non-covered health facilities which is a new approach supported by UNICEF and WFP, as this increases the sustainability of the interventions.
COVID-19 preventive measures (including programmatic adaptations) were undertaken by partners to mitigate the spread of the disease. 10,841 persons were reached with information, education and communication (IEC) materials with COVID-19 messages specific on infant and young child feeding. COVID-19 modules (specific on nutrition) were integrated in the SAM management training conducted in Bamenda between 26 and 28 August. Insecurity continues to be a hinderance in the delivery of nutrition services across the regions. The training of additional 80 health workers on Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) and BSFP, including programme adaptations related to COVID-19, will continue in September 2020. Also, a training for caregivers and community members on the use and provision of mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) tapes to caregivers will be initiated.