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Anonymous 94

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23 Aug 2009, 13:18

I am new to the field of community nutrition and am having difficulty finding the answer to my question. Any assistance or references would be appreciated. We have a small ambulatory child nutrition program. Our mothers participate every 15 days and are sent home with a dry ration supplement each visit. We need to approach the NGO providing our rations to see if we can have the calorie level increased. I have been looking for references/guidelines for the recommended amount of calories/protein to provide as a supplement for malnourished children under five to promote weight gain in ambulatory programs. Is there a standard? Where is the best place to look for this kind of information?

Brent Scharschmidt

Malnutrition Coordinator

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9 Sep 2009, 07:31

The general guideline for dry rations is 1,000 - 1,200 kcal per day (it's high to account for sharing within households) and 35-45 g of protein. Also, "Energy-dense supplementary food must contain at least 100 kcal per 100 grammes with at least 30% of the energy coming from fat." See the UNHCR/WFP Guidelines for Selective Feeding Programmes in Emergency Situations, here (p. 15):

Rogers Wanyama

Nutrition Specialist

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10 Sep 2009, 09:11

"Guidelines for Selective Feeding :The Management of Malnutrition In Emergencies,May 2009" by UNCHR and WFP.This document will guide you.You can download it Thanks

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