A shipment of high-nutrition food items has been shipped from Nairobi to four drought-affected counties to mitigate the risk of malnutrition among children.
The shipment of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUFT) is valued at over 30 million shillings, which will be distributed in Turkana, Mandera, Wajir and Isiolo.
It is part of the Kemsa-Unicef Integrated Supply Program funded by Unicef and managed by the Authority to supply food products in 25 counties to reduce child mortality linked to malnutrition.
The flag was attended by the Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Rashid Aman, Unicef Kenya Representative Maniza Zaman, British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriot, UK Director General for humanitarian development Nick Dyer and Kemsa chief executive Terry Ramadhani at the ministry. health offices.
Monitoring and evaluation data from Unicef and Kemsa indicate that the provision of therapeutic foods has helped reverse the stunted growth and development of thousands of children in the drylands of Kenya.
Since 2015, Kemsa has distributed 2 billion shillings worth of UNICEF-supported products to more than 2,200 health facilities in all 25 arid and semi-arid counties, efforts that have achieved zero deaths from malnutrition.
Kemsa CEO Terry Ramadhani hailed the partnership with Unicef, saying it demonstrates its commitment to supporting organizational reforms and strengthening accountability at all levels of the supply chain.
“Through this program, we have effectively designed and implemented a vital supply chain solution that is now a sub-Saharan model for the distribution of nutritional products in remote food insecure areas,” said Ms Ramadhani. .
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