World Health Organization has donated 5000 cartons of Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RTUF) worth ksh 26,389,440 to the ministry of Health in a bid to mitigate child malnutrition.
This is aimed to improve nutrition which in turn boost child’s immunity which increases their chances for survival and also their ability to reach their maximum potential as adults.
The food supply is expected to feed and treat 10,000 children aged 6 to 59 months with severe malnutrition will go a long way in complimenting the government’s ongoing drought response efforts.
A severe drought caused by four consecutive failed rain season has left over 18 million people facing severe hunger.
The drought has killed over 1.5 million livestock which were a source of milk for the children and source of income making malnutrition worse.
WHO country director Dr Abdourahman Diallo said the government has so far maisde significant progress in ensuring Kenyans get access quality healthcare and assured of WHO’s continued support and partnership with the government of Kenya.
An estimated 942,000 children aged under-5 and 135,000 pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are acutely malnourished and in need of treatment, up from 755,000 and 103,000 respectively since February last year.