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The effectiveness of blanket supplementary feeding programmes in preventing acute malnutrition: evidence from research carried out in Chad

A mother with her baby being assessed at a health clinic, ChadENN briefing note 2013
Paluku Bahwere et al.
Available at www.ennonline.net

To date there have been few studies on effectiveness of Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programmes (BSFPs) in preventing a deterioration in nutritional status at the individual or population level. ENN in collaboration with WFP, Oxfam Intermon, Centre de Support en Sante International and the Chad Ministry of Health at country level carried out research into a BSFP designed to prevent an increase in acute malnutrition during the 2012 food crisis in children aged between 6 and 23 months in Magalme, Chad.

Target children received 200 g/day of Super Cereals plus, lactating mothers received 220 g/day of Super Cereals plus and severely food insecure households received a family ration (450 g sorghum, 60 g pulses, 25 g oil and 5 g salt). Households with vulnerable children and classified as severely food insecure received both the Super Cereals plus for the child and the family ration.

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Paluku Bahwere et al. (2014). The effectiveness of blanket supplementary feeding programmes in preventing acute malnutrition: evidence from research carried out in Chad. Nutrition Exchange 4, July 2014. p7. www.ennonline.net/nex/4/en/chad

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