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.
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.
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.