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Interventions for acute PEM

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Because there are many important underlying causes of malnutrition, many of the routine interventions provided in humanitarian emergencies can lower the prevalence of acute protein-energy malnutrition. Some of these interventions include:

  • Improving sanitation and water supply
  • Providing appropriate curative treatment for malaria, pneumonia, and other infectious diseases
  • Vaccinating children against measles
  • Preventing the transmission of communicable diseases
  • Distributing an adequate general ration
  • Providing nutritional rehabilitation for malnourished individuals

This discussion cannot provide extensive information about supplementary and therapeutic feeding. For more information, see the following documents:

Click here for UNHCR/WFP. "UNHCR/WFP Guidelines for Selective Feeding Programmes in Emergency Situations." 1999

Click here for WHO. "The Management of Nutrition in Major Emergencies." 2000