A one-month-old child eats UNICEF-supplied Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RuTF) to help stave off malnutrition, as her mother holds her by hand. Dubti health center, Afar region, Ethiopia. 25-August-2016

Canada Finances Unicef’s Therapeutic Food Supply in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The Government of Canada has provided 2.4 million US dollars or approximately 99.5 million Birr to the U.N. children’s agency, Unicef, to help in addressing malnutrition among young children in Ethiopia.

The UN agency aid it would use the finance to procure therapeutic food that could treatment 37,250 under-five children with severe acute malnutrition.

“The support… comes at a critical time when UNICEF Ethiopia is facing a worrying gap in RUTF (ready-to-use therapeutic food) supply,” said Adele Khodr, UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia.

The fund would help the agency to ensure the continuation of RUTF supply, and “save the lives of the most vulnerable children”, she said.

According to the Unicef, a total of 438,700 children were treated for severe acute malnutrition last year.
The figure, it said, was the highest number the country has ever recorded.

The U.N. children’s agency is targeting to treat 500,000 children, including 18,400 refugees, with the challenge expected to increase due to combined effects of climate change, desert locusts, Covid-19 and conflict-induced displacements.

Stéphane Jobin, Ambassador of Canada to Ethiopia, said his country “is pleased to support UNICEF’s efforts to deliver life-saving” therapeutic foods to malnourished children.


Featured Image: A one-month-old child eats UNICEF-supplied Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RuTF) to help stave off malnutrition on August 25, 2016 [Photo Unicef/File]