Sudan: NUTRITION Summary Issue 23, covering October 2009-January 2010



- Admissions into selective feeding programmes: Overall admissions into Supplementary Feeding Centres (SFCs) and Therapeutic Feeding Centre/Outpatient Treatment Programme (TFC/OTP) showed some atypical fluctuations in the past few months. Average admissions per SFC in North Darfur in December were four times the levels reported in 2008, while average admissions per SFC in South and West Darfur did not show an increase. Average admissions into TFC/OTPs have shown an increase in all 3 Darfurs, with North Darfur exhibiting the highest increase by 50 per cent.

- Nutrition outcomes: Global acute malnutrition rates (GAM) for six out of seven surveys released during this period reported GAM above 15 per cent, regardless of whether the data collection occurred during or after the hunger gap. While the findings were statistically similar to results reported from a similar time period, the absolute levels and information on contributing factors suggested that renewed and strategic efforts are required across sectors for the prevention of malnutrition in Darfur.

- Food security: Between October 2009 and January 2010 WFP supported up to 3.6 million beneficiaries with 30,000 MT of food. In October, the final month of the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme, 169,251 beneficiaries were supported with 581 MT of food. WFP will be working in 2010 to strengthen the efficiency of the general food distribution programme and to introduce targeted safety net programmes, while continuing to refine food based nutrition programmes. Results from the crop production and food security assessment for the northern states of the Sudan suggest that there are some areas in Darfur, in particular in North and West Darfur, that may be at increased risk of food insecurity in the near term due to shortfalls in production.