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February 25, 2010 - www.irinnews.org
"GUINEA: Child malnutrition - moving beyond stop-gaps"

Guinea is facing substantial funding shortages for its programs to treat moderately malnourished children, forcing aid agencies and the Health Ministry to employ temporary solutions including using therapeutic foods designed for severe acute malnutrition. This comes at a time when HKI’s monthly nutritional survey in Conakry (capital of Guinea) showed a rise in the percent of children under five suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.

Corn-soya blend (CSB), used for the treatment of moderate acute and usually provided by donors through the UN World Food Programme (WFP), has run out and agencies are being forced to improvise treatment.

"Stop-gap measures may be better than nothing, but a plan is needed to assure adequate funding for the CSB supply and access to contingency funds to mitigate the impact of CSB shortages," Sheryl Martin, Guinea Country Director for Helen Keller International said.

Throughout the Sahel, HKI employs the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) model, which enables communities and lower level health facilities to treat moderately malnourished children themselves, greatly reducing the strain on health centers.