When a child has malnutrition, every day counts. Early detection significantly improves a child’s chance of survival and recovery, so UNICEF trains community health workers to identify the initial symptoms.
One of our best tools is a simple plastic tape
which measures the circumference of the upper arm. If a child falls in a red zone, they have severe acute malnutrition and we have to act fast.
In Yemen alone, we aim to admit more than 320,000 children with severe malnutrition to therapeutic care in 2019.
So far, over 269,000 children under five have received primary healthcare and almost 27,000 children with severe malnutrition have received treatment.