In July, partners made significant progress in adapting health and nutrition services to the pandemic protocols, to ensure continuity in the provision of services. However, nutritional needs persist, and are reflected in the activity reports of implementing partners. In July, UNICEF and its partners reported that 14.5 per cent of children under 5 years of age who were screened in 10 states are at risk of acute malnutrition. In addition, the vulnerability of pregnant and lactating women may deepen due to the impact of the current economic situation. According to reports by partners, 26 per cent of pregnant and lactating women who were screened in care centers were underweight.
More than 3,500 children and adolescents received prevention of acute malnutrition services with the supply of micronutrients in 10 states of the country. Some 6,204 children under 5 years of age received deworming treatment in partner care centers.
In July, as part of the cluster's nutritional strategy, 195 boys and girls under the age of 5 received nutritional care services to overcome acute malnutrition. Additionally, among the age group of 5 to 15 years old, 3 children received treatment for acute malnutrition in Miranda.
In July, some 1,836 lactating women received breastfeeding counseling to promote and support good practices for infant and young child feeding with a multisectoral approach. In order to improve access to outpatient health services and nutrition programs at the community level, in July, cluster partners conducted nutritional screenings among 4,744 children under 5 years of age in 12 states of the country. More than 70 per cent of these children were cared for in the states of Anzoátegui and Bolívar. International protocols issued by the Global Nutrition Cluster and WHO on the adaptation of nutritional services in care centers have been implemented to give continuity to the nutritional strategy, respecting social distancing and taking measures to prevent contagion.
Partners have reported the suspension of visits and face-to-face consultations in care centers, considerably reducing the volume and coverage of services, due to national measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The need persists to provide health and nutrition services to children and adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, and elderly populations who are in temporary accommodation spaces established along borders for returnees. Although efforts have been deployed by partners to have a greater presence and provide nutritional care to returnees, greater coordination is required between humanitarian actors and authorities to expand coverage.