Six-year old Decema Domingos began receiving Super Cereal last year after coming to the health centre for stomach problems thought to be caused by malnutrition.

“She hasn’t been able to go to school because she’s been too sick,” says her mother Katarina Sankhumlane. “She was starting to get better last month but recently her health has begun to deteriorate again.”

Decema’s condition reflects the complexity of battling undernutrition, and attests to the importance of ensuring proper nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. It is with this knowledge in mind that WFP supports the government’s multi-sectoral Action Plan for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition, which takes a preventative approach so that children like Decema are free from the debilitating effects of malnutrition.