Fighting against child malnutrition since their first day of life

With the MOM project: Innovation Plan for Child Nutrition, UNHCR and ’’la Caixa’’ Foundation come together to improve the nutrition of children, and the hygiene and health habits of mothers living in refugee camps

Help us
fight malnutrition

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Therapeutic milk to fight against malnutrition for two children during one week.

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Nutritional medical diagnosis for 10 children thanks to MUAC.

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Nutritional training for 23 mothers.

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Treatment of shock for 1 children severely acute malnourished.

La desnutrición en el mundo

Malnutrition in the world

  • Malnutrition affects one in three people.
  • In emergencies, extreme poverty and malnutrition multiply.
  • Mortality rates can increase up to 70 times in an emergency.
“Poverty and malnutrition are increasingly concentrated in humanitarian crises. An unprecedented number of people have been forced to leave their homes. The number of refugees worldwide has reached its historic peak of 21.3 million.”

Author – «2016 Global Nutrition Report»

It is possible to change this reality,
and it can be achieved quickly.

Child nutrition and refugees

45 %
Of child mortality rates are caused by malnutrition in the world.
20 times more
For refugee children.
From 0 to 2 years old
Is the most delicate period for survival.

How have we come to this situation?

The causes of child malnutrition are not just lack of food, but lack of many other things:

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Health
Agua
Clean water
Higiene
Hygiene
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Shelter
Energía
Energy
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Work

With the MOM project, an innovative initiative
by ”la Caixa” Foundation and UNHCR

  • We place the mother at the center of the humanitarian response, paying a comprehensive care to cover her needs for nutrition, shelter, water and health.
  • We incorporate technological tools that expedite the distribution of food and therapeutic treatment, helping mothers to be 100% dedicated to the care of their children.
  • We train mothers to be more self-sufficient and to take care of their health, that of their children and their daily habits.
Home

The 1.000 days cycle-lines of action

Guidelines

Education

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Nutrition

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Protection

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Shelter

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Health

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Livehoods

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Did you know

Nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child, from conception to 2 years, has lasting and irreversible consequences for his entire life.

Education

Training mothers and pregnant women in good nutritional practices (such as the importance of breastfeeding in the first 6 months or how to progressively introduce solid foods).

Nutrition

Distribution of preventive supplementary foods such as Supercereal Plus, or therapeutic food as Plumpy Nut, Plumpy Sup, therapeutic milk ... for pregnant women, mothers and children.

Protection

Psychosocial support so mothers and pregnant women can express their problems or traumatisms that affect their nutrition and that of their children and seek solutions.

Shelter

Ensure that all mothers and children under 2 sleep under a mosquito net to protect themselves from malaria.

Health

Medical examination of children and mothers thanks to MUAC (mid-upper arm circumference measuring tapes) and weight and height measurement to identify cases of malnutrition.

Livehoods

Bring access to wheat mills to the mothers so they can grind their cereals and make their own flour.

Did you know

La nutrición en los primeros 1.000 días de un niño, desde su concepción hasta los 2 años, tiene consecuencias duraderas e irreversibles para toda su vida.

Education

Formación a madres y embarazadas en buenas prácticas nutricionales como la importancia de la lactancia materna en los 6 primeros meses o cómo introducir alimentos sólidos poco a poco.

Nutrition

Reparto de alimentos suplementarios preventivos como SuperCereal Plus, o terapéuticos como Plumpy Nut, Plumpy Sup, leche terapéutica… para mujeres embarazadas, madres y niños.

Protection

Apoyo psicosocial para que madres y embarazadas puedan expresar sus problemas o traumas que afecten a su nutrición y la de sus hijos y buscar soluciones.

Shelter

Asegurarse de que todas las madres y niños menores de 2 años duermen bajo una mosquitera para protegerse de la malaria.

Health

Medición de MUAC y revisión médica a las madres embarazadas y los recién nacidos.

Livehoods

Huertas para que las madres puedan cultivar sus alimentos y generar ingresos.

Where do we work?

UNHCR and ”la Caixa” Foundation work in countries that host a greater number of refugees, giving them everything they need to adapt and have a future.

ETHIOPIA

The MOM project begins in Ethiopia, the second-largest country hosting refugees in Africa. It hosts people fleeing wars and famines such as those in South Sudan and Somalia.

In Ethiopia there are 840,000 refugees
Women and children
80%
Refugee in critical areas
70%
Malnutrition rate for refugee children <5
25%
Anaemia levels for women and children
60%