International Community Must Support Community Health Workers, Prioritize Solutions That Address Global Malnutrition
Newsweek: Mia Farrow: What I Saw In South Sudan Shows Our System For Fighting Malnutrition Is Broken | Opinion
Mia Farrow, humanitarian and advocate with the International Rescue Committee
“…[W]hile the efforts of humanitarian actors are alleviating the suffering [in South Sudan], nearly 7 million people, more than half of the entire population, face acute food insecurity. … The International Rescue Committee … has been looking at acute malnutrition with fresh eyes. … [T]he IRC has shown that community health workers can successfully treat severe acute malnutrition. In a new model, the treatment — a peanut-based nutritional supplement, easily administered — is brought to the child rather than the reverse. Of course South Sudan is not alone. There are 50 million children around the globe who are, on this very day, suffering from acute malnutrition. Roughly 80 percent of them have no access to treatment at all. A better solution is in front of us and political will amongst aid organizations, U.N. agencies, governments, and international donors is the first step. They should prioritize solutions that address acute malnutrition. This means supporting efforts for community health workers to treat it…” (5/1).