Nutrition is a critical part of health and development. Better nutrition is related to improved infant, child and maternal health, stronger immune systems, safer pregnancy and childbirth, lower risk of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and longevity.
Healthy children learn better. People with adequate nutrition are more productive and can create opportunities to gradually break the cycles of poverty and hunger.
Malnutrition, in every form, presents significant threats to human health. Today the world faces a double burden of malnutrition that includes both under nutrition and overweight, especially in low- and middle-income countries. There are multiple forms of malnutrition, including under nutrition (wasting or stunting), inadequate vitamins or minerals, overweight, obesity, and resulting diet-related non communicable diseases.
Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with a current population of 109.2 million (UNICEF 2019). With a fertility rate of 4.6 children born per woman (UNICEF 2018), the country is projected to be among the eight countries in the world with the greatest population increase between 2017 and 2050, with the population estimated to rise to 205.4 million (Population Reference Bureau 2019).
ASDEPO has a strong history of responding to nutrition needs in emergencies, starting with the 2015 drought and conflict happen in Ethiopia by approach in a community-based approach using the best-practice approach of the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) model of integrated management of moderate and severe acute malnutrition.
ASDEPO is implementing nutrition projects in all region of the Ethiopian to improve overall emergency nutrition response through providing technical support , capacity building training, strengthening and establishing OTP and SC center, screening for mal nutrition, BCC and promoting IYCF service to support during humanitarian crisis.
The objective of the project is
To improve the nutrition wellbeing of children under five years, pregnant & lactating women and people with social and Medical cases and To contribute to the reduction in morbidity and mortality of communities affected by drought including IDPs and host communities, through provision of quality preventive and curative services for the management of sever acute malnutrition (SAM).
To contribute to the reduction in morbidity and mortality of communities affected by drought including IDPs and host communities, through provision of quality preventive and curative services for the management of sever acute malnutrition (SAM).
ASDEPO has created access for integrated management of acute malnutrition through establishing new therapeutic feeding centers and strengthening of the existing programs. Eight more outpatient treatment program (OTP) sites are established, and 14 existing OTP sites were supported/strengthened through providing medication and medical equipment, on job training, and technical support that have improved access for health care and nutrition services. Three more stabilization centers (SC) were established while five existing SCs were strengthened As a result, a total of 430 children under five have got access to OTP service while 65 children with SAM with medical complication that required admission have received treatment service in stabilization centers. The SC center are strengthened and established through providing on job training, technical support, medication and medical equipment, caretaker food and information education material.
Currently ASDEPO is
- Providing emergency nutrition service in 7 woredas of Oromia region, in 3 woredas of Gambella region, 4 woreda of somali region, 4 woredas of Beneshangul gumuz and in 5 woredas of Tigray region.
- Providing Life-Saving Assistance through Nutrition for Conflict-Affected People in 7 Woredas of West Wollega Zone Oromia Regional State (Mene Sibu, Kundala, Babo, Guliso, Begi, Gimbi and Kiltu Kara woredas)with financial support of EHF.
- Nutritional well-being of refugees through creating the access and means to receive appropriate and quality curative, preventive, and rehabilitative nutrition services with financial support of AAH.
- Provision of Targeted Supplementary Feeding (TSF) and Blanket Supplementary Feeding(BSF) with the donation of WFP
Totally ASDEPO is currently implementing nutrition project in 5 region and 22 woredas of different region and providing service for more than 500000 beneficiaries.