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Unicef distributes therapeutic food to 12,600 angolan children

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) will distribute, between the end of this year and July 2023, therapeutic food to save more than 12,600 children under five affected by malnutrition in southern Angola.


According to a statement from the United Nations agency, this action takes place within the scope of aid from the European Union (EU), which has provided a total of three million euros to date, "as part of its commitment to combating the effects of drought in the south of the country".

The first part of the amount made available by the EU took place in July 2021, and the second, equivalent to two million euros, in April this year.

"UNICEF works with the authorities of the provinces of Benguela, Cuando Cubango, Cunene, Huíla, Luanda and Namibe, to provide essential quality nutritional services to more than 20,000 children under 5 years of age, affected by severe acute malnutrition", informs the note.

With the funds made available, around 12,600 boxes of therapeutic food will be acquired and distributed and health professionals will be trained to increase knowledge about the national protocol for the integrated management of acute malnutrition in these provinces.

"With this training, it is intended that 200 health professionals strengthen their skills in managing malnutrition cases and that the teams indicated for nutrition activities fully master the practices for the adequate care of children", underlines the statement.

The note highlights that the resources resulting from EU support will also serve to strengthen activities in the communities, through the training of 3,800 mothers and caregivers of children, who will receive instructions on how to measure children's arm circumference, as a technique that can help diagnose malnutrition in a timely manner.

"With the measurement of the child's arm circumference, in addition to allowing timely knowledge of children's nutritional status, it allows immediate action to be taken in case of malnutrition. Prompt diagnosis of malnutrition helps to ensure that children receive adequate treatment before that the situation worsens", reads the note.

The United Nations agency emphasizes that it has been working with the Government to increase investment in nutrition services in the southern provinces of the country, so that all children suffering from severe malnutrition can have access to essential services to save lives.

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