Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 21 January 2013
New admissions of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to therapeutic feeding programmes (TFPs) decreased by 21.3 per cent countrywide between October and November 2012, down from 29,719 admissions in October to 23,378 in November. However, the actual trend in admissions is somewhat difficult to establish as October admissions were partly influenced by Child Health Day (CHD) screenings conducted in Amhara, Oromia and Tigray Regions, while new admissions in November decreased by 27 per cent, 32 per cent and 48 per cent respectively in the three regions. (CHD screenings generally lead to higher admissions rates as malnourished children are proactively identified among the screened population.) In SNNPR, on the other hand, admissions increased by around 7 per cent from October to November. Community screenings conducted in late October likely contributed to the increase in admissions in November in the region. Admissions also increased by 5 per cent in Somali Region, where the increase is linked to better programme coverage as pastoralist communities, who had previously been migrating in search of water and pasture for their livestock, returned to their former settlements following the replenishment of water and pasture sources with the onset of the October-December rains. In Afar, meanwhile, TFP admissions decreased considerably in November despite a relatively higher reporting rate than October. The national admissions rate is expected to remain stable or fluctuate slightly between December 2012 and February 2013 with no sharp drop in TFP admissions expected. Overall, from July to November 2012, 126,974 children were admitted to TFPs in eight regions, which was about 101 per cent of the caseload projected in the revised HRD for the same period.
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