TBC’s nutrition programme works to complement its food assistance to the camps.
The programme is targeted at vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, and people with debilitating health conditions.
In 2016, TBC expanded its Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCP) campaign which targets pregnant mothers and their children.
The drive focuses on promoting maternal nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life with breastfeeding until 24 months, and breastfeeding with complementary feeding starting at six months.
TBC’s complementary baby food called BabyBright has been introduced into six camps with the highest rates of child stunting.
A strategy to educate caregivers on appropriate feeding practices includes sharing the benefits of AsiaREMIX, a fortified flour, which TBC distributes as an extra ration to households with members under 18 years of age.
In addition, malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, and people suffering from debilitating health conditions continue to benefit from TBC’s Supplementary and Therapeutic Feeding programmes.
A nursery school lunch programme supports nutritious lunches and snacks for children between three and five years of age in 77 schools border-wide.
In 2016, TBC expanded its nutrition work to link even more closely with its community agriculture and entrepreneurship development programmes. This is helping ensure that fresh produce is supplied to supplement school meals and that more schools create their own gardens growing fresh produce.
In addition, a Training of Trainers (TBC) nutrition curriculum to increase nutrition-awareness and skills among refugees and partners has been rolled out in the camps and in southeast Burma/Myanmar.
The Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), the Backpack Health Worker Team (BPHWT), as well as nursery teachers from the Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) and others have taken part in the trainings which will enhance their work with internally displaced people and civil society in areas emerging from conflict.
Also in 2016, a survey on food and nutrition among almost 700 households in five IDP villages was conducted with the use of technology on mobile phones.
The results indicated that food insecurity remains prevalent in displaced villages and moderate and severe (wasting) malnutrition rates remained poor, at 5.4 percent.