Nairobi 31st, March 2023
Malnutrition caseloads in Nairobi County remain significantly high as approximately 35,000 children, and 6,900 mothers are among the affected population groups.
Nairobi City County Executive for Health, Wellness and Nutrition County Dr. Anastasia Nyalita said this during a ceremony where she received emergency and nutrition specific commodities from Malteser International. The Food to the 1,100 households will last for 6 months. Another scheduled distribution will be done in quarter 2. Two rounds of distributions have been done so far.
Said Dr. Nyalita “Food insecurity in informal settlements forces people to use negative coping strategies and mechanisms such as reducing the number of meals, reducing food variety and quality, scavenging and eating street foods. This has been fueled by the negative effects of inflation. We welcome the timely support of Malteser International for this donation which will help us address the Integrated in-reaches, Expansion of Positive Deviant Health in the entire County as a strategy to prevent malnutrition and commodity support to treat the moderate acute malnutrition in children. NCCG was identified due to the impact of the current hunger crisis occasioned by the current inflation with the background that 60% of the population comes from the informal settlement and are severely affected by these circumstances.”
Malteser International has a longstanding relationship with NCCG having supported the informal settlements since 2020 during the Covid 19 outbreak. So far 2,500 house-holds have been supported through food assistance, WASH initiatives at community level and in schools and economic empowerment initiatives including seed funding to boost their business.
The County Chief Officer, Health Facilities Mr. Geoffrey Mosiria said through the partnership that the food basket for the vulnerable groups in informal settlements reached 1,100 households, this included Commodity support in rehabilitation, nutrition, and drugs.
The Malteser International country director Mr. Martin Schoemburg said through the partnership fifty (50) county healthcare workers have been trained in Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition, 30 staff in Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition in emergencies and 50 staff in Nutrition Technical module for Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) Mentors.
The Malteser International, in partnership with the Germany International Federation, handed over commodities such as unimix fortified blended flour( which have very high nutritional value), paediatric heights board, and weighing scales among others to be distributed in all sub counties.