United Kingdom, UNICEF Treat 233,000 Malnutrition Cases in North-east

United Kingdom and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) have tackled malnutrition in 233,000 children in the Northeast of Nigeria.

The sponsorship for this intervention, which stood at $10 million, is through the Department for International Development (DFID), the United Kingdom department responsible for administering overseas aid, and covered October 2018 to May 2019.

As a result of the success of the initial project managed by UNICEF, DFID in April 2019 approved a £22 million multi-sectoral intervention of malnutrition in the Northeast for another three years.

The intervention, which spans April 2019 to March 2022, is targeting 87,000 persons with comprehensive treatment of malnutrition.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday in Maiduguri, Sanjay Das, Nutrition Manager, UNICEF said the intervention has yielded immense success as drugs and nutrition compliments are now available to tackle malnutrition through funding from DFID.
He however lamented that the intervention has faced some challenges including insecurity which made project areas inaccessible.
He also noted that the medical team have not be able to access some areas in Borno state during the rainy season due to flooding and because some parts of the town has scattered population and difficult to bring together to a medical facility.
A visit by our correspondent to one of the IDPs camp, Bakasi, housing 39,176  showed that 105 new cases were attended in the last one week.
Ibrahim Shaibu, a community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) provider at the camp said they also attended to patients from the host community.

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