Proper nutrition is a powerful good; people who are well nourished are more likely to be healthy, productive and able to learn. Good nutrition benefits families, their communities and the world as a whole. Malnutrition is, by the same logic, devastating. Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival, health and development. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in and contribute to their communities, and to be resilient in the face of disease, disasters, and other global crises.
But for the millions of children suffering from malnutrition, the reality is stark. Every year, around 3 million children die due to under-nutrition. For millions more, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts the physical and cognitive growth of children.
For rural communities, health and nutrition are intricately linked with farming, food production, income generation, and culture and community life.
RACIDA’s health and nutrition program aim to prevent malnutrition among the most vulnerable groups by treating severe and moderate acute malnutrition; supporting local capacities for drawing up policies and plans for fighting malnutrition; and providing training to families on dietary habits and preventing malnutrition.
The approach applied is one which is equity focused it seeks to understand poverty, vulnerability, and marginalization as causes and consequences of malnutrition, and recognizes that good nutrition puts the community immune from diseases.
RACIDA Health and Nutrition programs also focus on basic lifesaving maternal, newborn and child healthcare, communicable disease prevention and control, the Minimum Initial Service Package for reproductive health in crises, including adolescent sexual and reproductive health, family planning, detection and treatment of acute malnutrition and breastfeeding promotion.