According to the findings of a SMART Nutrition Survey conducted by UNICEF and partners in 2016 in 11 of 14 governorates, the global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate among children under five was 3 per cent and the stunting prevalence rate 12.7%. However, among women of child-bearing age the GAM rate was significant higher at 7.8%. Thus the needs for community-based management of acute malnutrition remained very critical, especially in besieged areas, where many children have been suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
• In 2016, UNICEF reached over 350,000 children and mothers in HTR and besieged locations with therapeutic nutrition supplies, complementary food, and micronutrient supplements through crossline convoys and airdrops.
• Over 936,000 children and over 182,000 pregnant and lactating women (PLW) were screened for malnutrition, of whom close to 19,000 children and 1,400 women received treatment.
• Over 658,000 PLW were counselled on proper breastfeeding and complementary feeding and over 461,000 children and 140,000 mothers received multiple micronutrient supplements.