NUTRITION PROGRAMMES

Overview

The First 1000 Most Critical Days Programme, a three year programme currently being implemented in Zambia, is one the most ambitious and well coordinated multi sectoral responses towards reducing malnutrition, stunting in particular, that this country has ever seen.   Its primary focus is to reduce the levels of stunting in children below two years of age from 45% to 35% by the year 2016 because the effects of chronic malnutrition are irreversible beyond the first two years of life.

Under nutrition has a huge human and economic cost. Globally, it...


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Maternal, Adolescent, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MAIYCN) is a programme that gives the life cycle approach in addressing the challenges faced in feeding of infants and young children as well as meeting the biological and nutritional needs of adolescents and mothers. The first 1000 days of a child’s life have now been recognized to be a sensitive period in the growth of a child. Growth faltering tends to be common in instances of faulty and sub-optimal maternal, infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices.

Under-nutrition, especially among...


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Severe acute malnutrition is defined by a very low-weight-for-height, by visible severe wasting, or by the presence of nutritional oedema. Decreasing child mortality and improving maternal health depends heavily on reducing malnutrition, which is responsible - directly or indirectly - for 35% of deaths among children under five. Children who become undernourished between conception and 24 months of age are in danger of impaired cognitive development, affecting their learning capacity, which affects their productivity and growth in later years.  In addition...


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Disaster preparedness and mitigation is a broad concept that describes a set of measures that minimizes the adverse effects of hazards including loss of life, property and disruption of livelihoods. Disaster preparedness is achieved partially through readiness measures that expedite emergency response, rehabilitation and recovery and result in rapid, timely and targeted assistance. Several areas of Zambia are prone to disasters such as floods and droughts leading to crop failure, food losses, high livestock mortality and internal displacement of people (...


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The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have devastating impact on health, nutrition, food security and overall socioeconomic development in countries, like Zambia, that have been most seriously affected by the disease. Food and nutrition interventions are critical in HIV and AIDS continuum of care as they contribute to enhancement of the quality of life, prolong the survival rates of those infected and improve productivity. HIV causes or aggravates under-nutrition through reduced food intake and poor nutrient absorption which increases susceptibility to...


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The provision of quality schools, textbooks, and teachers can result in effective education only if the child is present, ready, and able to learn. If every girl and boy is to be able to complete a basic education of good quality, then it is essential to ensure that the poorest children, who suffer the most malnutrition and ill health, are able to attend and stay in school. Poor health, due to disease or under-nutrition among learners, retards their physical and mental development. This leads to absenteeism from school and reduction in active learning...


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This programme targets all population groups, especially the chronically food and nutrition insecure as well as populations vulnerable to and affected by various emergencies and crises. Food and nutrition security focuses on a number of issues including: affordable food prices, steady availability of quality nutritious safe food, knowledge and skills in processing and preservation of diverse foods and stability of sources of income. The best available direct measure of food and nutrition insecurity is an estimate of daily energy intake manifesting in high...


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