Type of intervention
- Nutrition, health, mental health and Care practices
- Food security and livelihoods
- Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Places of interventions
Liberia is classified as a “low human development country” and ranks 174/186 in the UN 2013 Human Development Index. The provision of basic public services – including health – remains limited. For the last seven years the Liberian politics have been led by the 2011 Peace Nobel Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with an excellent international reputation, hence continued support from institutional donors.
There have been positive political and governance changes in the country, but Police and Justice still face difficulties to enforce legality, especially for petty crime, killings, and rape. The border areas remain unstable and the country still susceptible to regional destabilization. The lack of confidence in the public system fuels incidents of mob violence and sometimes violent demonstrations. Ethnic divisions are also a problem even though it has consequently improved since the end of the war. Still, marginalization of Muslims has to be kept under consideration.
According to the last Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Survey in 2012 – released in June 2013 – the prevalence of acute malnutrition in the country is below 3% and stable compared to 2010, after having sharply decreased since 2006.
 Report on circuits courts and sexual and gender based violence 2010/2011, United Nations Mission in Liberia, Legal and judicial systems support division
- Direction Générale de l'Aide humanitaire et de la Protection civile de la Commission européenne (ECHO), EuropeAid
- SDC (Coopération Suisse)
- Irish Aid et Hogan Level
Key figures of the country
- Number of beneficiaries: 90 553
- Population: 3.5 millions d'habitants
- Life Expectancy: 59 ans
- PIB/inhabitant : 190 dollars US
Il n'y a pas de résultat
ACF has been working in the country since 1990 and its positioning has been evolving significantly over the years. From classic humanitarian and then post-crisis responses during and just after the war period, it progressively moved to a holistic approach based on the following pillars:
- Ensuring the provision of nutrition services in the health system: ACF has not only provided technical training to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare staff; it also contributed to put Nutrition on the Health agenda, through advocacy work and the secondment of an expert to the Nutrition Unit, which became a Division of the Ministry in 2011.
- Promoting Nutrition sensitive interventions: since 2010, ACF implements an integrated Food Security & Nutrition project in Montserrado; ACF also rolled out to national and international stakeholders of the agriculture sector its guidelines on ”maximizing the nutritional impact of food security and livelihood interventions”.
- Building partnerships with local and international stakeholders; ACF is a member of the Liberia WASH consortium, where 6 INGO have gathered and developed a common strategy; since 2008, ACF supports the local organization GWE, which is now implementing WASH projects all over the country.
In 2013, based on the low and stable prevalence figure of acute malnutrition in the country, ACF decided to focus on multiplying impact through policy influencing, building resilience, capacity-building and sustainability through trusted partnerships. It will imply progressively reducing its presence in the country.
- TREATMENT OF ACUTE MALNUTRITION
ACF Nutrition intervention is in line with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s (MOHSW) Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) which is part of the 10-year National Health Policy and Plan (NHPP). However, the capacity of the government in the implementation of the EPHS remains low, particularly in nutrition. MOHSW has endorsed the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) approach through the adoption of key nutrition actions at the facility and community level. ENA hopes to contribute to the improvement of nutritional status in the country.
ACF strategic priorities in treatment of malnutrition geared towards supporting the MOHSW nutrition division in achieving the three main objectives of Promotion of appropriate and timely infant and young child feeding and care practices, Micronutrient supplementation and home food fortification, and Treatment of acute malnutrition. MOHSW is opting to implement nutrition programs by its own with the support of partners.
- PREVENTION CAPACITIES OF ACUTE MALNUTRITION
ACF bases its prevention strategy on strengthening WASH local capacity and promoting Nutrition sensitive interventions:
- WASH local capacity is strengthened
Since 2008, ACF has consistently worked with its local partner GWEI for the implementation of WASH projects. GWEI’s capacities, both technically and operationally, have been and will continue to be built so that GWEI achieves full autonomy as a local WASH actor, including with regards to funding.
- Nutrition sensitive programs are promoted
ACF bases its approach on the “Maximizing the nutritional impact of food security and livelihood interventions” guidelines.
ACF projects in Montserrado County integrate Food Security & Livelihoods into Nutrition interventions, through e.g. training on vegetable gardening at health centre level. Care practices are also mainstreamed, through e.g. behaviour change approach with the beneficiaries of the projects and WASH in schools.
The promotion of Nutrition sensitive interventions also refers to a strong coordination with the different stakeholders – Ministries, UN agencies, NGOs - between which ACF intends to build the required bridges.
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