Mozambique

Situation Report

Cluster Status

Nutrition

67,500
children to require malnutrition treatment

Needs

  • Following the country-wide closure of schools on 23 March, 235,000 children are no longer accessing critical school feeding programmes and malnutrition is expected to worsen in the period ahead.

  • An estimated 67,500 children will require treatment for malnutrition in the next nine months. Currently, more than 3,000 children under age 5 are being treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and there have been over 4,000 cases of pellagra (vitamin B3 deficiency) recorded since May 2019.

  • Continuity of services at community and health facility level for the nutrition treatment services is not assured.

Response

  • The Cluster defined the draft joint statement to support breastfeeding in the context of COVID-19, also defining key messages for infant and young child feeding in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic for Mozambique, including breast feeding support and prevention of violations of the code of commercialization of breast milk substitutes and also pregnant and lactating women and vulnerable populations nutrition.

  • IPC analysis on districts in Cabo Delgado and Tete will be undertaken in the next few weeks. Analysis will start immediately after.

Gaps

  • CERF-funded nutrition activities will need to be re-adapted due to the changing scenarios of the humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado and access constraints.

  • A nutrition monitoring and evaluation mechanism has to be established to assess nutritional status of most affected populations.

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