Prevention and treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition in Gedo Region, Somalia

Emergency Food Assistance
Implementing Partner: Trocaire
Lead Member: Development and Peace (Caritas Canada)
Supporting Member: Presbyterian World Service & Development, The United Church of Canada
People Served: 10,000
Budget: $434,000
Timeline: August - November 2021

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is supporting TROCAIRE Somalia with a four-month humanitarian nutrition response in belt Hawa, Luuq and Dolow districts in Gedo region.

Across Somalia, millions of people are facing crisis or worse food insecurity due to prolonged drought and erratic weather conditions causing insufficient food production and deterioration of livelihoods primarily dependent on pastoralism and agriculture. High levels of acute malnutrition are also prevalent.

In response, Trocaire will work with local hospitals and community centers to reduce malnutrition levels by providing malnourished children under five years and pregnant and lactating women with essential nutrition services.

This includes screening for malnutrition amongst children and pregnant and lactating women, referring malnourished individuals to nearby treatment centers, providing plumpy nut (a nutrition supplement) to project participants, and providing training on nutrition topics such as infant and young child feeding practices and hygiene education.

Approximately 10,000 people are planned to be reached with these activities.

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