Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of undernutrition in the world. Although prevalence has been gradually declining since the 1990s, millions of children and women still suffer from one or more forms of the condition, including wasting, stunting, underweight, vitamin A and iodine deficiencies, and anaemia. In 2014, wasting for children under five stood at 14.3% with stunting estimated at 36.1%. Given the country’s population size, this translates into approximately 9.9 million stunted and 3.9 million wasted children respectively .
ACF International, Save the Children, Helen Keller International, International Medical Corps, Valid International, Concern and the International Center for Research on Women call on the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, to support further involvement of WHO in the preparation of the International Conference on Nutrition +21. Twenty one year after the first major international event on nutrition, this event should be considered as a unique opportunity to reaffirm the critical role of the health sector in the fight against undernutrition.
This manual reflects the experience gained
over five years of implementing and developing Community-based therapeutic
Care (CTC). It is a practical guide that aims to help health and nutrition
managers to design, implement and evaluate CTC programmes.
Community Therapeutic Care (CTC) is a new approach to managing acute malnutrition in emergencies and beyond. Conceived by Valid International, CTC seeks to address some of the challenges that traditional center-based approaches face.3 It aims to provide rapid, effective, low cost assistance that is least disruptive to affected communities and builds a foundation to link relief and development interventions for long-term solutions to food insecurity and threats to public health.
This document is an independent evaluation
of the Disasters Emergency Committee's Southern Africa Crisis Appeal. For
the first time, an appeal was issued to prevent a humanitarian crisis rather
than respond to one. This led to a response that was a mixture of traditional
relief activities together with activities that were more akin to rehabilitation
or traditional development.