WFP receives funding from Japan to treat child malnutrition in Central and West Darfur
“We are extremely grateful for Japan’s support, which will enable WFP to treat acute malnutrition and prevent morbidity and mortality associated with severe acute malnutrition through provision of specialized nutritious foods”, said WFP Sudan Country Director, Dr. Hameed Nuru.
“Nearly 10 percent of young children in West Darfur and over 15 percent of children in Central Darfur are malnourished. Investing in nutrition enables children to grow to their full potential and it is one of the most cost-effective drivers for development and prosperity.”
Nuru said WFP will use Japan’s contribution to purchase 190 tons of supplementary food for children under the age of 5 and pregnant and breastfeeding women who suffer from moderate acute malnutrition in Central and West Darfur States. WFP will provide its support through the district health centres along with the Government and other partners.
In Sudan, 9.3 million people need humanitarian assistance, of whom 6.2 million are food insecure. This number may increase given the rising humanitarian needs and access to new areas. It is estimated that 2.7 million children are wasted in Sudan.
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