Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)
The persistent food insecurity is a key driver of malnutrition among children under five years and women in Sudan. The compound factors are Poor nutrition is also exacerbated by conflict, displacement, poverty, poor WASH, limited access to health services, poor dietary diversity, disease outbreaks food culture, and feeding practices (IYCF). The Sudan National Simple, Special, Survey results showed that the rate of exclusive breastfeeding at six months was 61.5% reaching its lowest (20%) in Central Darfur. The national prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) is 14.1% and more than 66 localities in nine states of Sudan are above the threshold of 15 percent. The survey also indicated that over half a million children currently suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) at 4.39%. To eliminate the burden the Nutrition Sector approach was rolled out in 2018 to coordinate humanitarian nutrition response through the implementation of timely intervention such as the development of the IYCF strategy, the IYCF national guidelines and the incorporation of IYCF interventions in government development policies and plans. Partners were also activated to implement different IYCF projects and form IYCF technical working groups.
Technical support was requested to strengthen the delivery of IYCF such as the development of IYCF guidelines and integration of IYCF intervention into sector plans.