COVID-19 and seasonal drought is causing severe food shortages across communities in southern Madagascar, leaving 1.5 million people unable to find enough food to eat, exacerbated by high levels of poverty. During this six-month intervention, SEED will provide emergency food distribution to communities and fund emergency transportation to hospital. SEED will work collaboratively within the healthcare system to improve the identification and treatment of children suffering with malnutrition.
COVID-19 and severe drought is leaving 1.5 million people in southern Madagascar without enough food to eat, requiring an emergency intervention. Critical food shortages and rising prices are accelerating the rates of malnutrition in children. Additional contributing factors to malnutrition include inadequate hospital transportation and nutritional knowledge. There is an urgent need to facilitate healthcare providers to improve diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of children with malnutrition.
This six-month intervention will distribute emergency food to communities with high levels of food insecurity. SEED will cover the costs of emergency hospital transport so children can receive local life-saving treatment. Intensive training sessions will ensure healthcare staff can improve the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of children with moderate and severe acute malnutrition. SEED will also provide education sessions to families on health and nutrition to improve nutritional knowledge.
Working with the community will improve health and resilience in the affected communities, in turn reducing the likelihood of childhood deaths from malnutrition in the future. Looking past six-months, the intensive training for healthcare providers will continue to enable them to identify, treat, and monitor the recovery of children with malnutrition. Additionally, the health education sessions with local families will enable them to promote nutrition to their children in the long-term.
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