Japan’s Humanitarian Assistance through UNICEF Malawi
His Excellency Ambassador Nishioka’s visit to Salima District
July 4, 2016
Japan provided UNICEF with a US$2.3 million grant under the 2015 Japanese Government supplementary budget. The grant supports UNICEF operations to strengthen the health support system and also to procure Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), medical drugs and so forth to address malnutrition among children, women and refugees affected by the January 2015 floods and its subsequent dry spell in Malawi.
On Monday, 4th July 2016, His Excellency Shuichiro Nishioka, Ambassador of Japan to Malawi visited Salima District to see some of the operations being implemented by UNICEF Malawi. Firstly, Ambassador Nishioka had a chance to observe under-five nutrition mass screening exercise and nutrition workshop done by volunteer members in the community. The mass screening is important to identify early stage of the malnutrition among children.
Secondly, he visited a health centre to observe the screening and OTP (Out-patients Therapeutic Programme) sessions carried out to provide professional support to children identified with malnourished. Those who are identified with moderate malnutrition are given supplementary food (maize- soya blend flour) while those who are identified as severe malnutrition are given RUTF, Vitamin and Iron supplements.
Finally, he visited the nutrition rehabilitation unit (NRU) within a paediatric ward at Salima District Hospital to see interventions being implemented to the severely malnourished children with complications. These children are provided a professional medical services including RUTF, therapeutic milks (F-75, F-100), ReSoMal.