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Inappropriateness of general food ration for older infants & young children

Author: GIFA / ENN report
Resource type: Case study

Case study from: INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING IN EMERGENCIES GIFA/ENN PROJECT (2003)

Researchers: Mary Corbett (Evaluation of Module 1) and Marie McGrath (Collation of case studies)

Case 49
Location: Southern Africa
Time: 2003
Source: Kari Egge
Issue: Inappropriateness of the general food ration for older infants and young children

There remains a failure to consistently and adequately meet complementary feeding needs in general rations. For example, currently in Southern Africa, although CSB/fortified cereal is in the distribution plan and is recognised as necessary, it is not being distributed due to pipeline difficulties. As a result, in Malawi maize, oil (with occasionally small amounts of CSB) are being distributed. There are very few alternatives to feed children, since the population are highly dependent on food aid. There is a strong risk of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency (with unconfirmed reports of pellagra cases at some health centres). This issue is not getting the attention and priority that it deserves.

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