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Malawi

Improving the Survival of Malnourished Children (2014-2015)

DFATD Contribution: $3,600,000

This project seeks to save the lives of 17,500 girls and boys under five by helping to identify and treat severe acute malnutrition, a major cause of death and illness in children. The project supports the scale-up of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) services in Malawi. CMAM is a globally accepted system for treating severe acute malnutrition that involves early detection through community screening, treatment of most cases on an out-patient basis using ready-to-use therapeutic foods, and referral of complicated cases to specialized in-patient care. The project aims to target critical gaps in the scale-up of CMAM in Malawi identified by UNICEF in collaboration with Malawi’s Ministry of Health. The project also seeks to support innovative measures that can be taken in the short term to improve the capacity of Malawi’s Ministry of Health to effectively and sustainably manage CMAM as a public health program.

Integrated Health Systems Strengthening in Africa (2007-2013)

DFATD Contribution: $14,700,000

This project contributes to reducing the number of children dying from diarrhea and pneumonia, by increasing the use of effective treatments for these childhood illnesses. With CIDA's support, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is seeking to increase demand for oral rehydration salts, zinc and antibiotics, by raising awareness among caregivers and providers about the most effective treatments for diarrhea and pneumonia. UNICEF is also working with the public and private sector in high-burden countries to ensure that communities have access to a reliable supply of effective treatments for these childhood illnesses.

Community-Based Malnutrition Treatment (2010-2013)

DFATD Contribution: $6,900,000

The project aims to support national efforts to treat acute malnutrition and reduce the number of young children who die each year in Malawi. UNICEF's "Community-Based Therapeutic Care" (CTC) approach works to increase the ability of people to prevent, recognize and manage malnutrition at the community level. Malawi was one of the first countries to pilot the CTC approach to treat acute malnutrition and has been a strong proponent of CTC internationally. CTC is based on building capacity at existing health facilities and uses locally produced Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to enable community-based treatment. RUTF has been recognized internationally as the new standard of acute malnutrition treatment.

The project aims to enable 130 additional health facilities to provide effective treatment of severe malnutrition, to increase the number of children under five screened for malnutrition annually by one million, and to increase by 50% the number of children under five treated for malnutrition annually.

Prevention and Treatment of HIV and Undernutrition in Infants and Young Children (2011-2014)

DFATD Contribution: $2,338,000

This project aims to reduce the vulnerability of children to both HIV and undernutrition in an integrated manner. The project has an emphasis on strengthening coordination and cooperation between HIV and nutrition programs, focusing on four program areas: (1) infant and young child feeding; (2) postnatal follow-up of HIV-exposed infants in prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs; (3) HIV treatment for infants and young children; and (4) treatment of severe acute malnutrition.

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