Supplementary Feeding Programme

Project Supplementary Feeding Programme

To improve the nutritional level of malnourished children who are severely affected by the drought

Project Partners Muslim Aid UK

• Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measurement of children under the age of 5 based on height and weight ratio • Feeding programme for identified beneficiaries

Locations Wadajir District – Mogadishu, Bay, Bakool
Period October 2011 – February 2012

Each centre registered 300 children below the age of five. All beneficiaries went through the programme until normal weight is reached

Following three consecutive seasons of poor rainfall,
the Horn of Africa is facing one of its history’s worst
emergencies – with Somalia being identified as one
of the worst affected countries. Since the July 2011
declaration of famine, some 250,000 Somalis still live in
famine conditions and 4 million people remain in need of
humanitarian aid. In some parts of the south, one in three
children is malnourished.

Cases of malnutrition among women and children have
reached alarming levels. According to a Food Security and
Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) report, 450,000 children
in Somalia are malnourished, of which 190,000 suffer
from severe acute malnutrition. An estimated 336,000
children, representing 75 per cent of all malnourished
children, are in the south.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
In collaboration with Muslim Aid, MERCY Malaysia
conducted a supplementary feeding programme in
three centres over the span of three months. Each centre
– Mogadishu, Bay and Bakool – registered 300 children
below the age of five which have been identified as
malnourished according to the MUAC measurement.
Children under the programme are fed unimix meal made
of grounded wheat, beans, maize, sugar and sesame. Dry
skimmed milk is also fed twice daily. After a child has
reached normal weight, that child will be discharged and
another child will be registered in its place.