Dry supplementary feeding programmes: an effective short-term strategy in food crisis situations

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Malnutrition is frequently a predominant problem in disasters, and supplementary feeding programmes (SFPs) are often set up in food emergencies. This review analyses the effectiveness of such programmes in crisis situations in Liberia, Burundi and Goma (Congo), concluding that it is feasible to enrol large numbers of children in SFPs and achieve proportions of recovery above 75% if these programmes are implemented as a short-term measure in emergency situations. However, satisfactory SFP results do not necessarily indicate improved nutritional status of the whole population.

Keywords: Burundi; Goma; Liberia; dry supplementary feeding; emergency nutrition; outcome indicators

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3156.1999.00495.x

Affiliations: 1: Médecins Sans Frontières, Brussels, Belgium 2: Nutrition Unit, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium

Publication date: December 1, 1999

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