Community Feeding programme is identified under the Government Transformation Programme, GTP 2.0, Low Income Household (Orang Asli) for implementation from 2013-2015 coordinated by PEMANDU. It is a strategy to improve the nutritional status of aboriginal (Orang Asli) children aged 6 months to below 6 years old in rural Perak, Pahang, Kelantan and the Penan Community in Sarawak. This program has become one of the Ministerial Key Performance Indicators (MKPI) for Ministry of Health in 2013.
Prior to full implementation in 2013, a Pilot Project for Community Feeding programme was carried out in 2012. This pilot project involves two selected districts of Hulu Perak District, Perak and Jerantut District, Pahang. Selection of areas/villages for Community Feeding programme is based on the highest number of malnourished cases of aboriginal (Orang Asli) children (KZM).
Community Feeding programme is recommended to be expanded in other inland districts/states in Malaysia especially among the aborigines (Orang Asli) based on the earlier and successful implementation of Community Feeding at Pos Kemar Orang Asli, Hulu Perak.
Community Feeding programme is run by volunteers from the local Aboriginal community who have been trained by Ministry of Health. The activities carried out are as follows:
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BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME
Community Feeding programme is an effective method to solve moderate and serious malnutrition (KZM) problems in the aboriginal (Orang Asli) society. It is a step to try to rehabilitate these children in the community. In this program, aboriginal (Orang Asli) volunteers will feed the aboriginal (Orang Asli) children accompanied by their mothers or the children’s guardians.
Their mothers or the children’s guardians will be exposed to education related to nutrition, health, cleanliness and search of natural food resources.
In addition to providing food baskets, malnourished (KZM) children in the Community Feeding Programme will be given RUTF, complementary food and follows the Community Health Programme. While aboriginal (Orang Asli) children with normal body weight will be given additional food and follows the Community Health Programme.
Community Feeding Programme can indirectly help to reduce morbidity and mortality among aboriginal (Orang Asli) children under the age of 6 years.