United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) through World Vision Malawi has embarked on a project aimed at preventing cases of malnutrition among under-five children and adolescents.
The project, which is being implemented in Machinga, Mangochi, Salima and Dedza, is a response to poor nutrition statuses in these districts and high prevalence rates of anemia, according to Project Coordinator for World Vision Malawi, Blessings Makanje.
Makanje said in an interview on Wednesday that the project is for five months and will be implemented in two tradition authorities (T/A) of Kachere and Kaphuka in Dedza District.
“We hope that, through this project, we will be able to assist child care groups in these two T/As with necessary knowledge on how to prevent malnutrition of under-five children and also build capacity of health workers on the same,” he said.
Makanje added that the project will strengthen the care groups to enhance communities’ capacity in identifying and managing cases of malnutrition.
In his remarks, Dedza District Hospital Nutritionist, Martins Mkandawire, said the coming in of the project will complement efforts by government and other partners in combating malnutrition of under-five children in the district.
“As Dedza District Nutrition Coordinating Committee [DNCC], our main focus is to build health communities and strengthen coordination between government sectors and partners which carry out different nutrition interventions so that we reach out to communities with one message,” said Mkandawire.
Mkandawire asked World Vision to link themselves to similar nutrition programs being implemented in the district in order to learn from them.
Currently, the rate of stunting in Dedza is at 35 per cent, while the national stunting rate is 37 per cent.-Malawi News Agency