SCALE-UP TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF SAM AND MAM AMONG CHILDREN 0-59 MONTHS AND PLW IN BANKI LGA, BORNO STATE – NHF PROJECT
The Scaleup of Treatment and Prevention of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) among Children 0 – 59 months and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) in Banki-Bama LGA, Borno state is a 10months project jointly implemented by FHI 360 and AHNI.
In September 2021, the Famine Monitoring System (FMS) classified Bama as a high famine risk area and shows an extreme level of acute malnutrition among new arrivals of internally displaced populations (28.7% GAM). More than 50% of households relied on either crisis (17%) or emergency (38%) coping strategies to meet their food needs, which has heightened the economic vulnerability due to the negative impact on the future productivity of the most affected households. This has likely contributed to the deterioration of the nutrition and food situation and the high GAM rate (10%) in Borno state, as identified in the Cadre Harmonisé analysis conducted in October 2020 and the Nigeria Food Security Outlook, October 2020 to May 2021.
Through this grant, Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi), will build on the achievements recorded by FHI 360 in addressing severe acute malnutrition cases and improved infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in four locations, including Bama LGA of Borno state under the BHA-funded Integrated
Humanitarian Assistance to Northeast Nigeria (IHANN) project.
AHNi will support the implementation of the Scaleup of the Treatment and Prevention of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) among children under-five and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) project in Banki, Bama LGA of Borno state.
The overall objective is to improve the nutritional status of the most vulnerable groups of the conflict-affected population (Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) and children under five), with the following sub-objectives:
To increase access to quality nutrition services, especially for SAM children with medical complications, thereby reducing mortality.
To improve early detection and prompt referral of Acute Malnutrition among under-fives and PLW through MUAC Screening.
To improve reproductive outcomes through treatment of MAM and micronutrient supplementation for PLW.
To improve the uptake of recommended IYCF practices through behaviour change interventions for improved nutrition.
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