UNICEF Nutrition Support Program – A community based widespread approach
HOPE began a nutrition support programme with UNICEF in October 2010 as part of its flood relief campaign. The project has now been extended for a year. This nutrition project targets the under-privileged population in Karachi, Thatta, Dadu and Shahdad Kot.
HOPE is providing food supplements including Fortified Blended Wheat and oil as Supplementary feeding program (SFP) for malnourished pregnant and lactating mothers (PLWs), supplementary plumpy nuts for moderately malnourished children under five at SFP and Ready to Use Therapeutic food to the severely malnourished children under five at Out Patient therapeutic program (OTP). This intervention also aims at treating complicated malnourished children at a Stabilization Center (SC) established by HOPE at Civil Hospital in Thatta and Dadu.
To date (March 2011), HOPE has screened a total of 36,566 children under 5 have been screened. From this, 8,444 have been enrolled in the SFP Programme, 2,137 in OTP and 181 have been enrolled into Stabilization Centers. Moreover, 13,209 PLW’s have been screened, from which 6,046 have been enrolled in SFP.