A SMART nutrition survey conducted in May 2016 has shown an increase to 2.5% in malnutrition rates as compared to 1.1% registered in 2015 SMART survey results. The admissions in community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) facilities have also been on the rise since the drought was declared in the country. In August 2016, a total of 3,158 children under five suffering from Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM) were treated representing a 59% per cent increase in admissions compared to 1,989 during the same month in 2015.
The 2016/2017 mass screening and referral for treatment of children 6-59 months with malnutrition was rolled out in September across the country and is targeting approximately 1.8 million children for nutrition screening over the next 7 months.
In support of the Malawi nutrition cluster response, UNICEF has continued to support a solid pipeline of lifesaving therapeutic foods and over the past month has distributed to Outpatient Therapeutic Programmes (OTP) and Nutrition Rehabilitation Units in all districts a total of 8,935 cartons of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) expected to reach 8,935 children.
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal for Malawi remains 76 per cent unfunded with Education and HIV at 100% funding gap, WASH at 93% funding gap and Child Protection at 90% funding gap.