Current Nutrition Situation
The state of nutrition in Somalia remains high with the national GAM rate at serious level 13.8 per cent (Gu’2019). The Jilaal dry period (Jan-March) brings forth high disease incidence, increased WASH needs, reduced milk and meat availability contributing to recurring rates of acute malnutrition afcting children under the age of five and pregnant/nursing women.
As of February 29th, 2020, the nutrition cluster partners reached 48,144 boys and 56,756 girls aged 06-59 months covering 13% HRP targets. Of which 38,602 are severely acute malnourished children, moderately acute malnourished children and PLW admitted are 66,298 and 21,201 respectively.
To effectively, reduce rates of acute malnutrition it is vital to protect vulnerable households and build resilience to minor shock & alleviate economic hardship by preserving limited assets. Mitigating levels of acute malnutrition through preventative programs to circumvent malnutrition through early action interventions to those most at risk are critical to success.