Childhood nutrition education

The project aims to provide childhood nutrition education to caregivers and support interventions for severe and moderate acute malnutrition, in Senkoase, Lesotho. Primary caregivers, from 6 agricultural resource centers selected in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, will be educated about proper nutrition, health and child nutrition. Together with nutritionist, TTL staff will deliver monthly lectures to 500 mothers, supported by cooking demonstrations of a recipe consisting of locally sourced ingredients. Children who fall below World Health Organization malnutrition guidelines will be enrolled into the TTL outreach program. Outreach staff will conduct individualized home visits to continuously assess the child's health and deliver balanced, monthly food packages, consisting of Nutri-Plenty, as well as hygiene supplies. Temporary shelter and individualized pediatric care will be provided for children in critical health conditions. 90% of the children referred to the TTL Safe House will be reunified with their family once they have reached stable health conditions

 Founded in 2004, Touching Tiny Lives is a registered charity in Lesotho. It is dedicated to providing assistance to orphaned and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and malnutrition.


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Type

Education / Health

Duration

January 2021 - december 2022

Location

Senkoase/Lesotho / Lesotho

With whom

Touching Tiny Lives

Website

www.touchingtinylives.org/

Lesotho

Population
2.23 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,210/ an (2017)

Poverty rate *
53% (2017)

Literacy rate
77% (2016)

Human Development Index
159th out of 189 countries (2018)

Over the past two decades, Lesotho has made little progress in lowering its poverty headcount rate from 60% (2002) to 53% (2018). High inequality and poverty coupled with high unemployment (28%) are exacerbated by lack of infrastructure and harsh climate in the mountain districts. Lesotho’s greatest challenge remains its high HIV/AIDS prevalence (one in 4 of the adult population) and its TB co-epidemic. 40% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition and one in ten does not survive its 5th birthday. Although budgetary allocations amount to almost 9% of GDP, this has not translated in improvements in key health outcomes. Similarly, despite huge public spending in the education sector, poor educational outcomes persist amid concerns about equitable access. Subsistence farming remains the main source of income but its importance and magnitude is declining. The poorest quintile is the most affected.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.