Somalia: Nutrition Cluster Indicators (as of 23 July 2012) - Info graphic

Analysis

Achievements
In response to the nutritional crisis occasioned by the famine, the cluster scaled up its interventions to meet the additional caseload with an expansion in blanket feeding programmes and wet feeding centres, and opened additional treatment centres. Despite operational challenges, such as the ban of key organizations in the south in November 2011 and continued interrupted access, the Nutrition Cluster was able to surpass its target, reaching 635,048 against the targeted 412,800 malnourished children through nutrition interventions in 2011. CHF funded the second phase of a capacity building project aimed at training an additional 550 national staff of nutrition partners in the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) to enhance nutrition programming.

Challenges
Key challenges include partner capacity to deliver quality nutrition programmes, nutrition supply shortages especially for pregnant and lactating women, and delays in the implementation of outreach services due to prolonged negotiations with local authorities to grant access in rural areas. Community awareness and training activities were similarly affected by a ban against large gatherings of people in some areas. Delays in project activities resulted in 16 requests for no cost extensions.

Best practices/ Lessons learned
The early and continued engagement of communities to garner their support for project activities is essential when negotiating with local authorities for access. The provision of nutrition services concomitantly with Health and WASH services, and targeting of vulnerable households with Livelihood and Food Assistance assisted in reducing the vulnerability of affected children.

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