Malnutrition in Malawi

Malnutrition in Malawi

Malawi is a small and landlocked country, bordering Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

According to Malawi’s National Statistical Office (2014), the under 5 population is estimated at 2.9 million children. Over 142,000 of them suffer from acute malnutrition and 42.4%, or 1.2 million, are chronically malnourished.

This situation has worsen during the 2015/16 period due to the severe food and nutrition insecurity situation in the country.

According to a recent Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) Malawi report, 10.3% of GDP is lost annually to child undernutrition and 23% of all child mortality cases are associated with undernutrition.

To tackle this issue, Malawi’s National Nutrition Policy 2016 – 2020 (yet to be launched) has set the following key target policy outcomes:
- Reducing the number of children under 5 who are stunted by 20%
- Reduce rate of anaemia in children and women of reproductive age by 25%
- Reduce rate of infants born low birth weight by 15%
- Reduce to and maintain at less than 5% the wasting in children, adolescents and adults
- Increase funding, commitment, and accountability for nutrition

It has also defined 8 Policy Priority Areas (PPA), two of which linked to combating malnutrition:

Policy Priority 1: Prevention of under nutrition - private sector investments in the production, processing, and marketing of high-quality nutritious foods including complementary foods;
Policy Priority 3: Treatment and control of acute Malnutrition - government ownership and financing of interventions on the management of acute malnutrition through a lifecycle approach that targets children, adolescents and adults.

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Wonderful piece from WFP Malawi working towards reduction efforts to the Stunting problem. Valid Nutrition Malawi has produced over 44 million sachets of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), enough to treat around 350,000 children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). By producing locally in Malawi & with support of customers such as WFP, UNICEF and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) we have been preventing the need for RUTF to be imported. Furthermore, we are assisting local farmers and suppliers as well as providing employment & skills transfer. All this has a hugely beneficial multiplier effect on the local economy.

We at Valid fully supports the drive that ensure a fair start for all children in life which ensures they get good nutrition at critical stages of development, the 1000 initial days of life from conception till age of 2 years!

World Food Programme Malawi
A healthy start in life is the best way to see a growing generation achieving #ZeroHunger in Malawi. Watch and share! W/ Scaling Up Nutrition Movement & USAID Southern Africa

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