SAVE the Children has responded to the Cyclone Idai disaster through providing food and nutrition needs to the affected communities.
By Michael Gwarisa
Through funding from Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), the relief program seeks to increase access to essential health services and prevent or improve health and nutrition outcomes among the affected communities.
Speaking on the development, Save The Children Zimbabwe Nutrition Manager, Mthulisi Dube said the DEC funded Phase 1 Southern Africa Cyclone Idai 2019 project is covering Health, WASH and Nutrition activities.
The project aims to meet the immediate food needs of the targeted affected population mainly children, pregnant and lactating women by providing blended fortified food items like the Corn Soya Blend plus. Corn Soy Blend Plus (CSB+/++) is a replacement of the original CSB meant to meet additional energy density and the micronutrient needs of some population subgroups.
“CSB+ is a mixture of milled and precooked cereals (maize and soya beans) and fortified with micronutrient (Vitamin and minerals) to meet the energy and icronutrient needs of children 2 years of age and older, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, adults and other vulnerable groups,” said Dube.
Save the Children is distributing Corn Soya Blend Plus (CSB+) in Ward 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,13,19 and 22 of Chimanimani District targeting 8500 individuals (Children, Pregnant and Lactating women). Currently over 6700 eligible individuals have received 3 packets (6 kg each) of CSB+.
This once off distribution of CSB+ follow the standard distribution ration size of 200g per child per day and is meant to cover a period of three months.
This is will go a long way in preventing acute malnutrition among children, pregnant and lactating women in these wards. The Cyclone Idai disaster affected the social fabric, livelihoods, health and nutrition infrastructure which has negatively affected these vulnerable groups hence the need to provide these fortified blended foods.
This is also in line with Save the Children’s vision of ensuring that every child attains the right to survival and development.