Project profile — Nutrition Response to Famine Risks – Save the Children 2022-23


Save the Children Canada (22502)
2022-03-28 - 2024-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Syria (11.76%)
• Ethiopia (29.41%)
• Sudan (11.76%)
• Congo, Democratic Republic (20.59%)
• Yemen (26.48%)


• Emergency Response: Material relief assistance and services (72010) (87.00%)
• Humanitarian aid: Basic Health Care in Emergencies (72011) (13.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


February 2022 – Prior to the onset of COVID-19, humanitarian needs, including those related to food security and nutrition, had already reached unprecedented levels. The pandemic has exacerbated the situation by disrupting food production, supply, and distribution; destabilizing food prices; and reducing country and consumer purchasing power, exacerbating undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. UNICEF reported in January 2021 a 30% overall reduction in 2020 in the coverage of essential nutrition services, including school feeding, micronutrient supplementation and nutrition promotion programmes in Low-to-Middle-Income Countries. It is estimated that in 2022, COVID-19 could result in an additional 2.6 million stunted (under-height) children, 9.8 million wasted (under-weight) children, 168,000 additional child-deaths, and 2.1 million maternal anemia cases globally. With GAC’s support, Save the Children is providing a multi-sectoral response to acute malnutrition needs in the DRC, Ethiopia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Project activities include: (1) providing community outreach and clinical activities aimed at the prevention, identification, and treatment of acute malnutrition; as well as complementary (2) providing water, sanitation, and hygiene support; and (3) providing protection services to lessen the impact of the nutrition crises in the beneficiary communities by addressing underlying vulnerability factors that have exacerbated them.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reduced rates of acute malnutrition; (2) improved access to safe water and sanitation; and (3) reduced vulnerability amongst crisis-affected populations at risk of famine in the DRC, Ethiopia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The expected ultimate outcome is lives saved, suffering alleviated, and human dignity maintained in countries experiencing humanitarian crises or acute food insecurity.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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