Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is supporting Trocaire Somalia with a four-month nutrition response in Gedo Region, Somalia.
Rural populations are experiencing severe declines in food and income sources. Below-average rainfall in many parts of the country, including the Gedo region, has led to water scarcity and pasture shortages. As a result, milk availability for consumption and sale is limited. Additionally, the pandemic has caused a sharp decline in livestock exports, and protracted conflict continues to negatively impact household food security.
To improve and stabilize nutrition outcomes for pregnant and lactating women and children, who are particularly vulnerable, this project will identify and screen children under five years old for malnutrition, provide nutrition supplements, and develop nutrition treatment plans in partnership with other community centres.
About 7,200 children will be screened, and 3,500 individuals (caregivers for children under the age of five, and pregnant and lactating women) will receive nutrition training related to best practice feeding for infant and young children.
Altogether, the project aims to reach 10,700 individuals.