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.
RUTF is a packaged ready to use food. It is consumed like a paste directly out of a packet. Different nutritional provisions have different environmental impacts including the production and disposal of packaging, people or product transport fuel use, disease spread from solid waste piling or organic food waste / poor disposal; air pollution from solid waste burning.
RUTF is used to treat Severely Acutely Malnourished (SAM) children of 6-59 months of age.
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.
Prevention of environmental damage