Alive & Thrive has launched a programme to extend entry to prime quality maternal, toddler and younger youngsters’s diet companies in seven states of Nigeria: Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Sokoto and Yobe.
Talking in the course of the launch of the programme referred to as: “Accelerating the Scale of Maternal, Toddler and Younger Little one Diet (MIYCN) Challenge”, yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of State for Well being, Joseph Ekumankama, mentioned it got here at a time when there was dire must speed up interventions geared toward decreasing malnutrition amongst ladies and youngsters within the nation.
Represented by the Director of Household Well being within the ministry, Dr Salma Ibrahim Anas, he mentioned it could not solely speed up maternal and younger youngster feeding interventions, however would enormously affect the diet narrative within the nation by instantly addressing diet points affecting moms and youngsters on the grassroots.
He mentioned cost-effective maternal diet interventions performed vital roles in bettering the well being of moms and their youngsters.
Alive & Thrive’s Nation Director, Dr Victor Ogbodo, mentioned the programme was working to construct capability of community-based organisations, strengthen main healthcare platforms for environment friendly and built-in supply of maternal and younger youngster diet companies in collaboration with authorities, the community-based organisations and different diet stakeholders.
He additional mentioned it constructed on the successes and studying realised throughout its first 5 years in Nigeria, including that in the course of the first section, and by working with nationwide, state, native authorities and group actors, Alive and Thrive reached greater than 2,809,686 moms with diet counselling by skilled frontline employees, and in addition reached over 4 million caregivers with tv and radio messages on acceptable optimum toddler and younger youngster feeding practices.
Talking on behalf of the focal states, the Commissioner for Well being in Kano State, who was represented by Dr Tijani Hussain, the Govt Secretary of the State Main Well being Care Administration Board, mentioned the venture would complement what the states did, assuring that the states would offer the wanted assist to verify the venture succeeded.