Addressing malnutrition in conflict affected areas of Myanmar

Malnutrition in conflict affected areas

UNICEF Myanmar/2017/Kyaw Kyaw Winn

29 May 2019

RAKHINE STATE, 14 May 2019 – For the past two months, 18-month-old Noor Bu Shar has been receiving supplementary feeding and treatment for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) at the Maungdaw Action Contre La Faim Out-patient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) supported by UNICEF.

At the time of her admission to the programme, Noor Bu Shar weighed only seven kilogrammes. Gradually, as a result of treatment, her weight and general condition improved according to her mother, Dil Kaayas. “She is more playful now and already her weight has increased by one kilogram,” said Dil Kaayas with a smile.

UNICEF Myanmar

In 2019, with funding support from the Government of Japan, the partnership between UNICEF and Action Contre la Faim is reaching 458 children under the age of five in the northern part of Rakhine State with treatment for SAM through the provision of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), health monitoring, nutrition assessments, psychosocial counselling and health education.

In 2018, despite limited access in some conflict-affected areas, UNICEF and partners were able to reach 2,740 boys and girls under-five, who required treatment for Severe Acute Malnutrition like Noor Bu Shar, providing them with lifesaving therapeutic nutrition; and continued building local Government capacity in the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) as part of the essential health services package in Myanmar.