- Current Challenges
The overall objective of this programme is that refugee children reach optimal growth and development. A specific sub-objective is to reduce the prevalence of stunting malnutrition in the under-five child population. (The prevalence of stunting is 41.5 percent among children age 6-59 months of age in the border camps. An average of 2 percent of children surveyed for all camps were found with wasting (severe malnutrition).
The nutrition programme consists of Supplementary Feeding (SFP) and Therapeutic Feeding programmes (TFP) for vulnerable groups in the community. It provides food items to vulnerable groups and guidance and support to health agencies.
Protocols have been revised and improved to align with UN/WHO Global Nutrition Cluster Guidelines. The new protocol promotes early identification and enrolment of pregnant and lactating women and malnourished children during early childhood.
In the reporting period Jan – June 2014, a total of 11,800 pregnant women and 8.368 lactating women enrolled in the SFP and were provided with supplemental nutritious food.
A total of 411 moderately malnourished children aged between six months and five years were identified and treated. A total of 75 out of 19,198 children in the five to ten year age group were identified and treated for moderate malnutrition.
In 2013 TBC launched a community-based Infant and Young Children (ICYF) initiative called ‘Healthy Babies, Bright Futures.’ The initiative promotes nutrition interventions for pregnant women and children up to two years of age. A multi-nutrient fortified baby food called BabyBright, with high protein content for children aged six months – two years, was introduced to Ban Don Yang and Umpiem Mai camps in the first quarter of 2014.
The Nursery School Lunch programme continued to be implemented in cooperation with partners including the Karen Women’s Organisation, the Taipei Overseas Peace Service (TOPS) and the Education Committees in Tham Hin and Ban Don Yang camps.
TBC continues to collaborate with health agencies and others to survey and report on nutritional indicators in the camps.