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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2 months ago

VALID Nutrition Malawi

Striving to make improvements in ways to better tackle malnutrition problems with readily available raw materials and improved performanceA study by GIF investee Valid Nutrition has revealed ready-to-use therapeutic foods made with soya, maize and sorghum are more effective in treating anaemia and correcting iron deficiency among children with severe acute malnutrition than the standard milk-based formulation, and a much lower cost, paving the way for further research into alternative malnutrition treatments made up of widely available staples. Read the full report in BMC Public Health ✏

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6 months ago

VALID Nutrition Malawi

Its time for the Private Sector to play its part in Malawi!The #ScalingUpNutritionBusinessNetwok #SBN will be launched on 20th February 2019 @RyallsHotel in Blantyre. The network aims to support businesses in growing the role they play in nutrition #MCCCCI #CSONA #MinistryofIndustryTradeTourism ...

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