UNICEF and European Union provide lifesaving nutrition assistance in northern Mozambique

UNICEF and the European Union are working together on providing emergency lifesaving nutrition assistance to populations affected by insecurity in Northern Mozambique.

Claudio Fauvrelle
“Eu gosto muito do trabalho que faço com as comunidades. Ensino as mães a preparar papas enriquecidas e a terem cuidado com a higiene e alimentação das crianças. Vejo muitas mudanças positivas na minha comunidade e tudo isso é graças ao TDC,” contou Beatriz, activista de TDC na comunidade de Impire.
UNICEF Mozambique/2021/Fanceni Balde
01 February 2022

Cabo Delgado, Mozambique – “My little Abdala was very thin and was not eating anything. After the community health worker (APE) visit, I learned that he had malnutrition. So, I started feeding him with ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) that I received from the APE and now he looks like a different child. He is happier, eats better and I am very grateful for this support,” said Jaci Raja, in the community of Impire, in Mecufi, Cabo Delgado province.

O meu pequeno Abdala estava muito magro e não comia nada, tinha as costelas todas à vista. Depois da visita do agente polivalente elementar (APE) a nossa casa fiquei a saber que ele tinha desnutrição. O Abdala depois começou a alimentar-se com o alimento terapêutico pronto para uso (ATPU) que recebi e agora parece outra criança. Está mais alegre, come melhor e eu estou muito agradecida,” conta Jaci Raja, na comunidade de Impire, em Mecufi, província de Cabo Delgado.

After the community health worker visit, I learned that he had malnutrition. So, I started feeding him with ready-to-use therapeutic food and now he looks like a different child. He is happier, eats better and I am very grateful for this support.

Jaci Raja.

Due to the escalation of conflict in Cabo Delgado and parts of Niassa province, 735,344 people are internally displaced, 90 percent of them are in Cabo Delgado. Women and children are most affected, and nearly one in two children under five in Cabo Delgado is stunted.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union are working together on providing emergency lifesaving nutrition assistance to populations affected by insecurity in Northern Mozambique. Part of this assistance consists on the procurement and distribution to the affected population of lifesaving nutrition supplies (6,000 cartons of RUTFs), the expansion of wasting treatment and training of 30 APEs and 296 community activists who are currently piloting the community treatment of acute malnutrition (TDC) implementation in 27 communities.

I always recommend the community gives nutritious food for the children to grow healthier.

Serafim Augusto.
Recomendo sempre nas comunidades para alimentarem as crianças com comidas locais - matapa, amendoim, farinha de milho - e alimentos nutritivos para as crianças crescerem mais saudáveis

“After the TDC training, I am now more alert for malnourished children. I always recommend the community to give nutritious food for the children to grow healthier,” said Serafim Augusto, TDC activist in the community of Impire.

“I teach mothers to prepare enriched porridge and to be careful with the hygiene and feeding of the children. I see a lot of positive changes in my community and it’s all thanks to the TDC training,” said Beatriz, TDC activist in the community of Impire.

In 2021, 65,321 children (aged 6 to 59 months) benefited from nutrition screenings, 3,426 children (6 to 59 months) were reached with lifesaving treatment for severe wasting, 94,746 children (6 to 59 months) were supplemented with vitamin A, and 30,769 caregivers were reached with messages on appropriate infant and young child feeding practices.