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Himalayan Health and Environmental Services Solukhumbu (HHESS) has been supporting the implementation of the Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) programme in Solukhumbu district since 2007 on behalf of the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations System in Nepal. However, it has been over six years since the programme was started in Solukhumbu district.

An Operational Agreement has been signed between Government of Nepal and World Food Program Nepal (WFP) regarding implementation of the Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Component for the five-year period from 2013 to 2017 in Karnali and Solukhumbu as the first priority districts. Main objectives of the MCHN are to prevent and reduce anaemia, stunting and wasting, and improve awareness and knowledge among pregnant/lactating women and children in addition to better accessing and utilization of health nutrition services.

Government and WFP have given the first priority to Humla, Jumla, Dolpa, Mugu, Kalikot and Solukhumbu districts for implementation of the MCHN Component. As per the Agreement, the Government purchases, supplies and delivers food “Super Cereal” up to the WFP-managed Logistics Hubs and the WFP further ensures delivery, transportation and distribution of food up to Final Delivery Points (FDPs) and food distribution at the Government health facilities intended for Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) and children aged 6 to 23 months within each of the programme VDCs. The first priority districts have been aligned with the Government’s ongoing nutritious food distribution programme targeting the only children aged 6 to 23 months, which will be gradually targeted for both women and children.

In addition to contributing to 1,000 days as the window of opportunity and Multi-sectoral Nutrition Plan (MSNP) situated within National Planning Commission (NPC), the MCHN programme has been integrated within the Government’s ongoing health and nutrition programmes at operational level.

Project Coverage and Benefeciaries

HHESS, a cooperating partner of the WFP Nepal in Solukhumbu district was entrusted with the key task of supporting the Government, the District Health Office (DHO) in particular for overall programme expansion in 34 VDCs of Solukhumbu. HHESS has thus facilitated the overall arrangements, such as ensuring orientation, training, workshops and meetings with the key stakeholders, fixture of clinic dates in coordination with other regular programmes of the Government at the health facility level and determining FDP level storerooms and distribution plans during the agreed monthly clinic dates. Total of the targeted beneficiaries are shown in the table below.

District VDC PLW Children aged 6 to 23 months Total
Solukhumbu 34 1,680 2,820 4,500