UNICEF goes the extra mile to reach every child in the newly accessible areas in Darfur
Improved humanitarian access to the Jebel Marra area in Central Darfur has revealed high levels of malnutrition above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent and high levels of severe acute malnutrition at 5.7 per cent. UNICEF in collaboration with State authorities is currently on the ground in the Nertiti, Golo, and Rokero localities, providing lifesaving nutrition , health, water, sanitation, hygiene promotion and protection interventions to communities in need.
UNICEF surge response team from Khartoum, El-fasher, Geneina and Zalingi, planning for the early case finding and referral campaign in the newly accessible areas of Jebel Marra.
The ultimate aim of the UNICEF led “Find and Treat’ campaign, implemented in collaboration with State and locality authorities, and frontline NGOs including International Medical Corps., Islamic Relief Worldwide, Catholic Relief Services and World Relief and Seaker is to ensure timely identification, referral and treatment and referral of severely malnourished children. UNICEF staff screening children for Severe Acute Malnutrition using MUAC.
Children’s nutrition status is assessed using a mid-upper-arm circumference band — the yellow section of the armband indicates moderate malnutrition and the red colour indicates Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). A team of UNICEF, State Ministry of Health staff and partners with their mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) screening tapes taking off for the day's screening exercise in Jebel Marra.
Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) is a high-energy paste which provides the much needed nutrients in the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). RUTF boxes are loaded to trucks as part of health and nutrition supplies heading to Nertiti, Guildo and Golo localities in Central Darfur.
UNICEF mission leader receiving the updates from team leaders on progress and challenges encountered. Some 23,157 children have been screened over the last five days in West Jebel Marra and children identified with SAM and oedema have been referred and admitted for treatment at outpatient and in-patient facilities.
In West Jebel Marra the campaign is still ongoing in the areas of Gurni, Warnga, Saga and amongst the nomadic population, as well as in Central Jebel Marra. 32 outpatient therapeutic sites in the Jebel Marra area are fully operational in partnership with SMoH and NGOs.