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> Health and Nutrition in Emergencies

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As a member of the Emergency Health and Nutrition Cluster and co-chair of the Emergency Health Working Group (EHWG), UNICEF helped update national emergency preparedness plans. In collaboration with partners, UNICEF supported the provision of essential emergency supplies under WASH and health to more than 40,000 families affected by the diarrhoea epidemic and 150 families affected by floods. UNICEF also supported routine immunization for 3.9 million under-fives, and vitamin A supplementation and de-worming for 3.7 million under-fives. Community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) was initiated in three districts, treating 589 severely malnourished children since June 2009 representing 26 percent of estimated children with severe acute malnutrition in Mugu and Bardiya districts with recovery rates of about 60%. In coordination with partners, supplementary feeding activities for Saptakoshi flood-displaced people benefitted 4,200 under-fives, pregnant and women. UNICEF collaborated with WFP in addressing the micronutrient needs of young children in the most food insecure districts of Nepal, over 9,945 children under five in Dolpa, Jumla and Rukum benefitted from micronutrient powder supplementation intervention. The Community-based Integrated Management of Childhood Illness programme was supported in nine districts.

Health and Nutrition Contingency Plan
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