ACF: Fight against malnutrition

Action Contre La Faim(ACF) is working through community based Management of Acute Malnutrition program saves lives of thousands of children

Sept. 17, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No.-07 Sept. 13 -2013 (Bhadra 28, 2070)

At a time when Nepalese children have been suffering from acute malnutrition, Action Contre La Faim (ACF), a French INGO comes with a program supporting the Government of Nepal to address acute malnutrition in the Saptari District. At present the district has approximately 16,000 children with acute malnutrition.

ACF intends to reduce the under nutrition in order to save the lives of children aged 6-59 months. According to estimate, there are altogether 616,000 children under five years of age are suffering from acute malnutrition in Nepal. The plight of most of these thousands of children is not recognized.

On 16 September 2013, ACF organized an event in order to sensitize the potential donors to support and increase their efforts in favor of the government and the implementing NGOs in order to tackle this nutritional problem of the children of the country.

The government is committed towards reducing under nutrition in Nepal and will gradually increase resources for improving nutritional status of children in the country for which it has come up with the Multi sectoral Nutrition plan (MSNP). Management of acute malnutrition is an integral part of this MSNP and the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) initiative, which also focuses on saving lives of the future generation of the country.

Over the last thirteen months, ACF has saved the lives of 3281 severely Acute Malnourished Children in  Saptari district, ACF maintains a technical' advisory role towards the government through Management of Acute Malnutrition, and initiates advocacy at local, national and international level along with key nutrition stakeholders. ACF has a solid participation in public health nutrition related working groups such as Nepal Nutrition Group (NNG), Nutrition Technical Committee (NUTEC) and Nepal Nutrition Cluster Group. In addition, ACF is positioned to respond to disasters, and to react to nutritional emergencies in the country'.

“ACF is an international humanitarian organization which delivers programs in over 40 countries. The mission of ACF international is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster,” said Roland Van Hauweiren, country Director of the organization. ACF International is recognized worldwide as a leader in the fight against hunger.

ACF International uses its capacities and resources to ensure that children and their families have access to sufficient food, water and care and are able to attain these with dignity. ACF works on all the determinants of maternal and child under nutrition. ACF International is working in Nepal since 2011.

 

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