Ethiopia - Northern Ethiopia Humanitarian Update

Situation Report

Cluster Status

Nutrition

Needs

  • An estimated 1.4 million children under the age of 5 and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) need preventative intervention such as Vitamin A supplementation and malnutrition treatment.

  • No recent nutrition survey has been conducted to assess the nutrition situation in Tigray. Nutrition partners will conduct exhaustive screening of children 6-59 months to obtain credible data.

Response

  • Between 13 and 17 September, 38,895 children under 5 years were screened for malnutrition, compared to 137,526 a week earlier, in which 1,225 of them or 3.1 per cent were diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 7,630 or 19.6 per cent with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM).

  • During the above period, 18 SAM children with medical complications were admitted to in-patient treatment at various stabilization centres across the region.

  • Some 11, 086 pregnant and lactating women were screened for malnutrition, compared to 33,633 a week earlier, of whom 7,806, or about 70.4 per cent were diagnosed with acute malnutrition.

  • Between 7 and 13 September, 4,343 children under 5 compared to 31,106 children a week earlier, received Blanket Supplementary Feeding and 2, 790 pregnant and lactating women compared to 3,369 a week earlier.

  • Some 3,960 pregnant and lactating women received Infant and Young Child feeding counselling compared to 14,102 a week earlier.

  • Some 5,866 pregnant and lactating women received counselling on optimal infant and young child feeding practices.

  • 1,209 pregnant women received Iron and Folic Acid supplements.

  • Some 17,760 children under five and 1,566 pregnant and lactating women received Blanket Supplementary Feeding.

  • Some 1,209 pregnant women received iron and folic acid supplementation.

  • Between 31 August and 13 September, some 887 children between 2 and 5 years received deworming tablets compared to 1352 children a week earlier, and 3,322 children under 5 received Vitamin A supplementation.

Gaps

  • Lack of stocks and nutrition supplies due to restricted access to the region.

  • No recent nutrition survey conducted in Tigray to reflect the complete picture of malnutrition levels. This is due to lack of access to resources.

  • Lack of fuel and access to cash and banking services to carry out nutrition programs and services.

  • Communications blackout hindering implementation of nutrition programs, reporting, data collection, and assessments.

  • Capacity gaps due to restrictions with visa issuance for staff.

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