While Bolivia is making progress toward reducing child malnutrition, significant challenges remain and indigenous children living in the rural highlands are still extremely vulnerable. Chronic malnutrition affects 18.1% of children under-five throughout Bolivia; 25.2% living in rural areas of the country; and 33.6% living in the rural highlands. The prevalence of anaemia in children from 3-59 months of age is 60% throughout the country and 82.5% in the rural highlands.
Malnutrition and anaemia prevent children’s normal development. Addressing both of these issues is a priority for the Bolivian Government and its Multisector Zero Malnutrition Programme. UNICEF supports this programme at the municipal level by assisting Nutrition Units that work to prevent malnutrition and anaemia; promoting healthy eating and access to proper food; and monitoring and caring for those affected by malnutrition. By playing a key role in this programme, UNICEF is well positioned to work with the Government to further reduce chronic malnutrition and anaemia by addressing the large disparities between urban and rural areas and by putting particular focus on children from indigenous populations in the Andean region.
UNICEF seeks to address malnutrition and anaemia on two levels: 1. By improving the capacity of health services to implement effective nutrition interventions at the national level; and 2. By promoting key nutrition practices among girls, boys, and their families to prevent and treat chronic malnutrition and nutritional anaemia at the community level.
The overall objective is to improve children and their families’ equitable access and uptake of nutrition services and key nutrition practices in disadvantaged communities in the Andean region of Bolivia.
The specific objectives are to:
|Output / Line of Actions||Expresed in USD|
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Total|
Strengthen health services prioritizing the implementation of effective nutrition interventions
Develop institutional capacities
Strengthen the capacities of health and nutrition personnel
Equipment and nutrition supplies for primary care services
Improve children, families and communities’ key nutrition practices to prevent and treat chronic malnutrition and anaemia,br>
Communication, participation, social mobilization
Train and empower women and girls
Improve community information and monitoring systems
|4.||Monitoring and evaluation||40,000||40,000||40,000||120,000|
|5.||External communications and visibility||15,150||15,150||15,150||45,455|
|Total programmable amount||665,150||665,150||665,150||1,995,455|
|Recovery cost (10%)||66,515||66,515||66,515||199,545|
|Total required budget||731,665||731,665||731,665||2,195,000|