CERF support helps restore baby Nahla’s health
Fathiya Omer is a mother of six children, all under the age of 16. From birth, her youngest child, Nahla, who is one year old, has had serious health problems. Little Nahla was under weight and was not growing as expected. Her energy levels were so low that she could barely move any part of her body.
“I almost gave up hope and thought that I was going to lose her,” Fathiya remembers. “I was desperate to bring her back to health.“
She tried many types of therapies including consulting traditional healers for Nahla. All her efforts were in vain and she saw no improvement in the health of her youngest child. She was losing hope as her daughter’s health got worse by the day.
Receiving news of a health centre in the Mandela-Mayo neighbourhood in Khartoum where the World Food Programme (WFP) is providing nutrition support was a turning point for Nahla.
“When I heard that WFP is providing nutritious food to children under five years and pregnant and breastfeeding women, I felt hopeful. I immediately visited the centre to see if Nahla could be helped,” says Fathiya.
After two months of receiving nutrition treatment through ready-to-use-supplementary food, Nahla’s health significantly improved. She now weighs 6.9kgs, a vast improvement from the 5kgs she weighed before joining the programme. “Two months ago, she was unable to move any part of her body as she was too weak. Now she is a different person as you can see. She moves, smiles and tries to jump out of my arms. The recovery is amazing,” added Fathiya.
In June 2020, the World Food Programme (WFP) launched its first nutrition treatment programme in Khartoum State for children under five years and pregnant, and breastfeeding women, with the support of funding from the Central Emergency Fund (CERF). In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, WHO and the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), the WFP programme targets over 38,000 women and children every month. With the CERF grant, WFP is supporting 31 nutrition centres in Khartoum where malnourished children, and pregnant and nursing women are receiving assistance. Once schools reopen, WFP plans to start school feeding projects in targeted areas, which are expected to help reduce the number of out-of-school children, especially girls from economically and socially vulnerable families.
Thanks to the US $30 million funding from the CERF, WFP is able to help children like Nahla regain their health and ensure that they can have a healthy life and bright future. This funding is part of the $100 million allocated by the CERF secretariat this year to support partners in Sudan in emergency and early recovery interventions in the beginning of this year.