A project to reduce malnutrition among IDPs in North
A project funded by the World Bank to assist the government to reduce malnutrition among the internally displaced persons in the North is continuing to make satisfactory progress, a World Bank report said. The project " Local Level Nutrition Interventions for the Northern Province", approved in 2010, will assist the government's efforts to reduce the compounded effects of the global food and financial crisis on the displaced populations in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, by reducing malnutrition rates among pregnant and lactating women and children below five years of age.
The report released Wednesday says that the project continues to make satisfactory progress in the implementation of all project components.
According to the report, the supplementary feeding of targeted pregnant and lactating mothers, infants and young children 0-23 months is being implemented with much success using a local food mix called "Jeevaposha" (life giving nutrition).
All trainings and refresher trainings of government officials supporting project implementation and supervision as well as members of women's groups have been completed successfully.
Community nutrition activities to reinforce the health and nutrition behavior change and communication, such as nutrition exhibitions and child-friendly play rooms at home, home gardening, animal husbandry, home kitchen improvements and home preparation of Jeevaposha to feed children 2-5 years, specifically in Mullativu and Kilinochchi, are being promoted and in some instances supported by the project. The Northern Province Nutrition Cell continues to be effective in managing and supervising the implementation of the project.
The World Bank through Japan Social Development Fund has financed the total cost of the project at US$ 2.95 million.