The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday it's deployed special foods to save children from malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Syria. Both countries are suffering from conflict and hunger. UNICEF is also using similar foods to treat the most severe cases of malnutrition.
Sayaka Sato, a WFP spokesperson, said yesterday that both Plumpy'Doz and Plumpy'Sup are being used in the Central African Republic. These are peanut pastes that save infants from becoming malnourished. Lack of nutrition at this early age can cause lasting physical and mental damage. The Plumpy'Doz and Plumpy'Sup are to prevent the malnutrition from taking hold.
For children who reach the most severe levels of malnutrition, the food Plumpy'Nut is utilized. UNICEF is using Plumpy'nut in the Central African Republic, as the conflict has taken a severe toll on the country's food supply.
Souleymane Diabate of UNICEF CAR said earlier this month, "Close to 13,500 children under 5 could suffer from severe acute malnutrition, and another 44,000 children under 5 will suffer from moderate acute malnutrition in 2013. The scale of the humanitarian crisis is such that additional and immediate funding of $23 million is needed to help UNICEF save the lives of these children over the coming months.”
Inside Syria, WFP and UNICEF are using plumpy'doz. WFP has distirbuted 38 metric tons of Plumpy'doz since the start of April. There are 301 metric tons of supply remaining which will be used to feed 38,000 children. Both WFP and UNICEF need funding to continue to provide this aid.
UNICEF has been partnering with the Ministry of Health and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to bring Plumy'Doz to health clinics in several cities. Funding though is low for UNICEF and WFP, who need a steady supply of funding to keep bringing in supplies to Syrian war victims. The two UN agencies rely on voluntary funding from governments and the public.