UNICEF- 1200 Refugee Children Suffering from Acute Malnutrition

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Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi, the UNICEF Communications Specialist, says children between 2 and 5 years of age are most affected.

At least 1,150 children under five years who fled the South Sudan clashes with their parents into Uganda suffer from acute malnutrition, according to Medical Team International-MTI. 
Medical Team International is working in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR to manage the affected children. 

Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi, the UNICEF Communications Specialist, says children between 2 and 5 years of age are most affected. 

According to Makumbi, UNICEF has distributed a total of 2,650 cartons of therapeutic feeds comprised of plumpy nuts to the refugee hosting districts including Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo and Yumbe.    Each of cartons has 150 sachets.

"If a child is suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition, they will need one carton to heal. This is 3 months treatment. On a daily basis, this child will eat two sachets of plumpy nut," she said. 

She explains that UNICEF is also providing other therapeutic feeds like milk and glucose for rehydrating malnourished children, which are given to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition under intensive care. Makumbi explains that Children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition that are not hospitalized consume the plumpy nuts under regular monitoring by nutritionists and health officials. 

"The nutrition interventions have been ongoing in the settlements for the refugees and UNICEF is now strengthening its interventions because of the increase in numbers," she said. In addition to offering the therapeutic feeds,    UNICEF has also extended support of 13,000 doses of measles and 5,000 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) to the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI) at all entry points within the districts of Arua, Koboko, Kiryandongo and Adjumani districts.

The procurement of an additional 100,000 vaccines of OPV is already underway. Currently, all children aged 0-59 months entering the border points are receiving OPV doses while children aged 6 months - 14 years are receiving doses of measles.


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