Democratic Republic of the Congo
Project Name: Integrated infant and young child nutrition and lipid-based nutrient supplement program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Start Date: September, 2009
Among children <5 years of age in DRC, 46% are stunted, 10% are wasted, 6% are severely wasted, and 25% are underweight. The prevalence of anemia is 74% among children 6-59 mo of age.1 In an effort to improve the nutritional status of children in DRC, an integrated infant and young child nutrition and lipid-based nutrient supplement (LNS) program is being established. The overall goal of the program is to decrease the prevalence of anemia and iron deficiency and improve feeding practices among children 6-12 months of age.
IMMPaCt will aid in developing a childhood anemia reduction and prevention project by providing technical assistance to help design, monitor and evaluate an integrated infant and young child feeding and LNS program (home-fortification / complementary feeding) in both pilot and scale-up phases. IMMPaCt will also support an impact evaluation of the national flour fortification program in DRC.
- Scale-up the home-fortification / complementary feeding program after completion of the pilot phase
- Develop a monitoring and evaluation system
- UNICEF Country Profiles: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/drcongo_636.html