A mother and her child at an MCHN clinic in Somalia. Copyrights: WFP / Martha Artharini

Encouraging Breastfeeding To Help Improve Nutrition In Somalia
Over 200,000 children in Somalia are malnourished, 50,000 of whom are severely malnourished and face a higher risk of death.  WFP works with Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) clinics throughout the parts of Somalia it has access to in order to address the underlying and basic causes of malnutrition such as poor feeding practices and access to maternal health care.

Overview

The situation in Somalia has continued to improve since the crisis of 2011, when four million people experienced extreme food insecurity and famine occurred in some regions of the south.  Continued improvements are attributed to successive seasons of average-to-above-average rainfall, increased livestock prices, improved milk availability, low prices of both local and imported staple food commodities, and sustained humanitarian intervention.

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