WFP in partnership with the National Nutrition Agency, the Ministry of Health and the National Disaster Management Agency are working closely together to distribute montly nutritious cereal as part of the fight against rising malnutrition rates. 50, 500 children under 5 and 12, 500 pregnant and nursing mothers are receiving nutrition assistance.
Children are screened before admission into the moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) Programme. There has been a decline nutrition among children under the age of 5 over the past seven years. The prevalence of acute malnutrition at national level increased from 6.4 percent in 2005 to 9.9 percent in 2012.
Through Blanket Supplementary Feeding, WFP provides Super Cereal to children under 5. Super cereal is a combination of corn, soya beans, milk, oil, and sugar which is fortified with micronutrients approproate for malnourished children.
WFP staff, including the Country Director travelled to Upper River Region, one of the regions with high malnutrition rates to see the food assistance first hand. In this photo, the Country Director assist in the distribution of super cereal.
In Upper River Region (URR), WFP staff help to pull the mini ferry at Fatoto crossing point so as to be able to cross over to another distribution cite in Wuli. URR has high stunting and wasting rates (10.8) above the national average of 9.9 percent.