Côte d’Ivoire: WFP to combat malnutrition in Madagascar

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) is to send high nutrition food to Madagascar to combat severe malnutrition affecting 15,000 children aged between 6 and 24 months in the districts of Betioky, Beloha and Bekily in the south of the country.

A communiqué received by PANA on Thursday in Abidjan quoted Nora Hobbs, who is in charge of food at WFP in Madagascar, as saying the special product would contribute to the reduction of diseases and mortality caused by severe malnutrition.

The nutritional assistance includes food supplement composed of milk powder, peanut, vegetable oil, sugar and a mixture of vitamins and minerals.

The three-month nutritional assistance is conducted under the coordination of the National Office for the management of disasters and the national nutrition office, in collaboration with partners like Action against Hunger.

Meanwhile, pregnant women and malnourished breast-feeding women in those districts will received monthly a nutritional ratio including fortified oil in Vitamin A and super cereal, a maize-based corn flour.

The populations in southern Madagascar have been facing the impact of drought which has caused loss of crops.

A multi-sectoral evaluation of the food and nutritional insecurity says that 200,000 people including 40,000 children in seven districts are affected.
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16 april 2015 22:00:47




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