Nutrition status in Sudanese refugee camps improving

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Joint interventions by relief agencies have saved Sudanese refugees camped in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia from critical malnutrition, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) here reported Monday.
OCHA said the high rates of malnutrition recorded in May 2005 among the Sudanese refugees in Fugnido and Bonga camps had improved as a result of joint interventions that included supplementary feeding.
By the end of August, OCHA said in its weekly Relief Bulletin, global acute malnutrition in Fugnido camp was down to 11.
6 percent from an earlier 20 percent rate.
Severe acute malnutrition was currently at 3.
7 percent.
"While this is a significant improvement, the situation remains poor," the report said.
In Bonga camp, severe acute malnutrition (SAM) rates have dropped to 0.
3 percent from an earlier 2 percent and eight children were receiving therapeutic feeding treatment in the camp health centre.
According to OCHA and World Food Programme, the situation has improved as a result of supplementary feeding and the pre-positioning of three month's food supply in order to avoid any delay in distribution.
In addition, UNHCR has ensured access to water in the Anuak part of Fugnido camp.
MSF-Switzerland has provided a provisional health and therapeutic feeding centre in the same location to treat severely malnourished children.
Food rations for October to December were being ferried to all refugee camps in Gambella Region, the report added.

12 september 2005 13:11:00




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