Virtual Environmental and Humanitarian Adviser Tool – (VEHA Tool) is a tool
to easily integrate environmental considerations in humanitarian response. Field Implementation guidances are useful for the design and execution of humanitarian activities in the field.
Hunger and malnutrition are rampant among refugees, displaced populations, and people living in humanitarian emergencies. Many of them suffer from one or more of the multiple forms of malnutrition. This is often connected to overuse of, damage to, or conflict over, natural resources, and can also force people into unsustainable use of natural resources as they compete for food, nutrition, and cooking fuels.
Malnutrition is also increasingly being affected by the impacts of climate change – changing temperatures, temperature extremes, storms and rainfall patterns and crop pest and disease spread.
RUSF is used for the management of Moderate Acute Malnourished (MAM) children of 6-59 months of age.
Loss of biodiversity and ecosystems
Natural resource depletion
Impact on wellbeing / mental health
The following activities can reduce the environmental impact of RUTF support:
In South Sudan, Humanitarian agencies provided nutritional supplement feeding and found that over time waste was accumulating on land and in watercourses, causing pollution. Agencies responded by setting up feeding centers and removing packaging prior to distribution where possible; providing safe comfortable feeding areas and encouraging their use, followed by encouragement to return all waste packaging prior to leaving the feeding center.