WFP will provide emergency school meals to pre-primary and primary school children to ensure that every child affected by the emergency has access to a nutritious and affordable diet so that they can reach their full potential. Serving a fortified meal at school provides much needed support to meet immediate food and nutrition needs of individual school children in a context with limited other (food-based) safety nets in place for the poorest and vulnerable resident population. A meal at school allows the establishment of a safe space, allowing children to gain a sense of normalcy. It helps improve retention in schools, safeguarding their education and preventing losses of years of learning. The programme also relieves pressure from families, as the school meals act as an income transfer, who face challenges in providing adequate nutritious meals for their children. This intervention is especially critical given the economic and currency crisis currently facing the country.
WFP’s emergency nutrition response aims to treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) among children under five as well as pregnant and lactating women (PLW) through targeted supplementary feeding programme (TSFP), which helps prevent morbidity and mortality associated with acute malnutrition. The treatment of MAM is one of the three components of the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), catching children before they deteriorate to severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and provides the required referral for children suffering from SAM to prevent relapse. The complementary components of outpatient and inpatient treatment will be supported by UNICEF and WHO in the same localities.
This project targets 712,000 people with the Food Security engagement and 328,078 affected people with its Nutrition engagement.
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