From Kassala, a grandfather helps his grandson to recover from malnutrition

The role of men in protecting children from diseases in Kassala

Hadeel Agab Ashi
Kassala
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23 March 2021

Over the past decades, Kassala State, in Eastern Sudan has faced a persistent nutrition crisis, with increasing stunting rates affecting an estimated 44 per cent of children under-five.

Malnutrition is largely caused by poor water and sanitation conditions, high disease prevalence, increased food costs, poverty, and lack of food variety and essential nutrients.

Inadequate complementary feeding practices and poor dietary diversity are among the key determinants of stunting in Kassala, with only 16.3 per cent of children receiving the minimum acceptable diet.

With the support of the United Nations Central Emergency Fund (CERF), UNICEF Sudan, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, works to treat and prevent malnutrition in Sudan through the provision of both nutrition specific interventions such as the treatment of severely malnourished children, micronutrient supplementation, counselling on good infant and young child feeding and care practices as well as nutrition sensitive interventions including vaccinations.

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While Hamid Nagmos, 50 years old, holds his grandchild, a health worker checks vitals of the child in Abu Dahan village in Kassala, the capital of the state of Kassala in Eastern Sudan.
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With help from Hamid Nagmos, the grandfather of the child, a health worker weighs the child in Abu Dahan village in Kassala, the capital of the state of Kassala in Eastern Sudan.
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With help from Hamid Nagmos, the grandfather of the child, a health worker measures child's height in Abu Dahan village in Kassala, the capital of the state of Kassala in Eastern Sudan.

In order to reduce excess morbidity and mortality among children under-five caused by common childhood diseases (diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory tract infections, malaria, and vaccines preventable diseases), UNICEF will continue to avail quality, life-saving health and nutrition services to a total of around 197,540 children under-five in the targeted states.

UNICEF will also continue to support the provision of 60,000 children suffering from severe acute malnourished (SAM) with therapeutic food and care through the out-patient treatment programme (OTP). In addition, 150,000 pregnant and lactating women will be provided with infant and young child feeding (IYCF) counseling.

Many thanks to CERF for making this possible!