|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’S 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.