By: Mr. Phurba Sange Moktan
Nepal faced a tragedy of diarrhea outbreak across the 25 Mid- and Far-Western districts in 2009 resulting to 59,000 cases and almost 400 related deaths within few months. The situation in the affected districts still remains critical, which are reporting more than 450/1000 diarrheal incidence in each year (Source: HMIS-2010/11).
Even these days, the affected children in these districts are facing high risks of morbidity that are being associated with acute malnutrition. Acute malnutrition among under-five children in Nepal is a silent emergency. Wasting, a measure of acute malnutrition has remained practically unchanged over the last decades. According to NDHS-2001, 2006 and 2011, the wasting was estimated at 11 %, 13 % and 11 % respectively.