The severe lack of rainfall in 2009 has decimated available pastures, causing more than 30% of all livestock deaths, and a massive reduction by over 34% in the region’s agriculture production. This has led these nomadic populations to a progressive deterioration in their nutritional status, particularly children under 5 years old. With limited food availability, high prices and extreme levels of food insecurity, malnutrition rates are now almost three times higher than emergency thresholds.
Action Against Hunger will establish 1 Therapeutic Feeding Centre & 15 Outpatient Therapeutic Programmes for our wider programme and this specific Global Giving project will treat 1,000 severely malnourished children across the Bahr El Ghazel region.
As well as saving the lives of at least 1000 children, nutritional training and support will be provided to the Ministry of Public Health, increasing their effectiveness & capacity in detecting and treating acute malnutrition in the longer-term.