Building up health response in the Horn of Africa
A recent nutritional survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health, Action Contre la Faim and UNICEF in the Karamoja Region, reported an average global acute malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition rate of 12.8% and 2.8% respectively. Four out of the region’s six districts had a global acute malnutrition rate approaching or exceeding the 15% emergency threshold: Nakapiripirit (20.4%), Kotido (14.1%), Amudat (11.9%) and Moroto/Napak (13.3%). There is no nutritional surveillance at community level.
Karamoja Region is prone to frequent outbreaks of communicable diseases partly as a result of low latrine coverage. Access to health services is poor – in Nakapiripirit District, only 4.8% of women give birth in a health facility compared to a national average of 40% – and health workers are not trained on the proper management of malnutrition.