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sLuM: fight against malnutrition in informal settlements in peri-urban areas

Burkina Faso



Aid type

Project-type interventions

Burkina Faso



€ 1,120,388
€ 672,233


The 36-month project "sLuM: Fight against malnutrition in informal settlements in peri-urban areas" aims to improve the capacity of the community in the Zagtouli neighborhood, on the suburbs of Ouagadougou, to prevent and treat acute childhood malnutrition. The neighborhood, born as an informal "non lotis" settlement area and densely populated (almost 60,000 inhabitants), is characterized by widespread poverty and a lack of basic sanitation. With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic affecting Ouagadougou and the Central region, with 66% of all cases identified in the country since the beginning of the pandemic (data of 26/04/2021, Ministère de la Santé), the already precarious hygienic and housing conditions of the non lotis have increased the vulnerability of the inhabitants. A consequence of the coexistence of widespread poverty, poor access to basic services and high food insecurity is the high prevalence of child malnutrition. The province of Kadiogo, of which Zagtouli is part, shows high rates of acute malnutrition, caused both by the scarcity of food and a diet poor in nutrients, and by a lack of knowledge of basic sanitary standards and limited access to drinking water and sanitation facilities, which cause intestinal parasites and a high prevalence of morbidity in children (diarrhea, malaria, acute renal failure). The fight against acute malnutrition will take place through the achievement of three results through a multisectoral approach: first of all, the strengthening of local health services, as regards the prevention, identification and management of cases of acute infantile malnutrition of children 0-59 months. These services will initially be enhanced by updating the skills of health agents, which will benefit both the Zagtouli health center and the community. Thanks to the skills acquired or improved, health agents will proceed to a better identification of acute (moderate and severe) childhood malnutrition by measuring anthropometric parameters, which will occur: i) at each contact with patients in the health center; ii) through screening campaigns organized ad hoc, during which health agents will teach families to recognize the signs of childhood malnutrition themselves, through the search for bilateral edema and the measurement of the brachial perimeter of their children. Agents and/or families will report identified cases of malnutrition to the health center, so that their medical care is guaranteed. At the family/community level, health agents will teach families how to take charge and follow up to ensure the nutritional recovery of their malnourished children, through targeted education (nutritional education and cooking demonstrations) and cycles of supplementation in local foods, highly energetic, to be carried out directly at home. Community capacities to prevent acute malnutrition will also be enhanced through nutritional education sessions on proper nutrition practices for 6-23-month-old babies. Mothers and families will be made aware of the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, the introduction of complementary feeding, the frequency and diversification of meals. Still from a curative and preventive perspective, the initiative intends to act on the socio-economic level of families, improving their ability to access varied and quality food. We will then proceed with the development/strengthening of income-generating activities, which will allow families to purchase food, and the promotion of urban horticulture through innovative techniques, which will allow the self-production of food. Finally, it is planned to strengthen sanitation services at the community level, as another fundamental component to prevent malnutrition. For this reason, the initiative proposes the construction/renovation of latrines and boreholes in schools, and bornes fontaines in different areas of Zagtouli. The enhanced access to hygienic infrastructures, combined with information, education a read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 1,120,388 € 672,233


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 22000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IDXM-DAC-6-4-012590-02-9
  • Expected start date 2022/06/15
  • Completion date -
  • Finance type Standard grant
  • Flow type ODA
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 12240 - Basic nutrition 30%
  • 12261 - Health education 20%
  • 12264 - COVID-19 control 5%
  • 14031 - Basic drinking water supply 10%
  • 14032 - Basic sanitation 10%
  • 43072 - Household food security programmes 25%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality not targeted
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition principal objective
  • Aid to Environment not targeted
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance not targeted
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) principal objective


  • 2.1 - By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
  • 2.2 - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
  • 6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all