Zambia has the highest rate of childhood under-nutrition in Africa and the second highest worldwide
With the support of local government and nonprofit stakeholders, ECF established an office in 2014 in the capital city of Lusaka to support the Zambian nutrition program serving the children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
- Research– Gathering information and conducting data analysis to better quantify and articulate the need, assessing gaps in nutrition programs and conducting clinic assessments to inform program development
- Distribution– Collaborating with national pharmaceutical distributor (MSL) to assess RUTF delivery system and develop a more efficient process to ensure RUTF reaches rural communities.
- Advocacy and Awareness – Continually bring SAM to the forefront of national nutrition discussions and generating media coverage in local newspapers and radio.
- Factory – Developed a comprehensive business plan, including potential sites, suppliers and customers.
Zambia is the ideal location for a RUTF factory. Not only is there a great need, there are readily available raw materials, political stability and a favorable business climate. Zambia is also strategically positioned as a “land-linked” nation bordering eight other countries, many of which are in great need of RUTF as well.
- Over 35% of the population is undernourished
- Less than 10% of children suffering from SAM have been receiving treatment (source: UNICEF)
- Ranked 163rd out of 187 on the UN Human Development Index
- Population: 14.6 million (2014)
- Life Expectancy: 51 (2014)
- Over 60% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day (2010)