Nutrition – Key Challenges in the DRC

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MAGNITUDE OF THE PROBLEM AND RESOURCE SCARCITY

The magnitude of the problem (every year 2 million cases of severe acute malnutrition and more than 6 million cases of stunting) is a real challenge taking into consideration the resource scarcity (Funding nto increase coverage and human resources to plan, implement and oversee nutrition programmes at all levels).

TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS

Transport and logistics difficulties make implementation of nutrition interventions more complex

LACK OF FUNDINGS

Lack of long term and predictable funding to adequately address causes of malnutrition in general, and causes of chronic malnutrition especially.

WEAK NUTRITION INFORMATION SYSTEM

Failing  to have up to date countrywide data makes it difficult to make informed programmatic decision

CHRONIC MALNUTRITION AMONG YOUNG CHILDREN

Successful implementation of a multi-sectorial approach to alleviate chronic malnutrition among young children requires a robust community based approach. As of now such approach in DR Congo is yet to be designed.

 

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