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.
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.
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.