The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an built-in nutrition-livelihoods public-private partnership undertaking within the Karaga District of the Northern Region with a grant of $ 1.5 million from the Japanese authorities.
The undertaking goals at enhancing diet and well being service in 91 districts in 8 areas of Ghana and it’s focused at reaching over 250,000 beneficiaries in these districts.
The undertaking dubbed, “Universal Nutrition and Health Coverage by means of Sustainable Systems for Nutrition Improvement” is collectively to be undertaken by the Ghana Health Service, WFP and the Ajinomoto Foundation/KOKO Plus basis.
Delivering a speech on the state of diet, meals insecurity and malnutrition within the Karaga District, the Acting Deputy Director of Nutrition on the Ghana Health Service, Veronica Quartey revealed that 48.4 p.c of households within the Karaga district are meals insecure, one thing she described as disturbing.
“I used to be in nice shock when as a part of the presentation in the course of the inception assembly of this undertaking when my workplace was briefed on the findings of the great meals safety and vulnerability evaluation within the Karaga district…it’s by no means anticipated that the meals safety state of affairs in Karaga can be this disturbing as proven on this research,” she said.
She stated although Karaga, identical to different districts, has points with entry to meals on the family degree, the determine was overwhelming.
The meals insufficiency she stated leads to varied well being points resembling malnutrition, anemia and undesirable start outcomes resembling low start weight, stillbirth and generally maternal deaths.
Veronica Quartey known as on all to help in coping with the problem of diet, meals insecurity and malnutrition within the district.
She recommended the Japanese authorities for its swift intervention in coping with the problem within the district.
The District Director of Health Service, Charity Azantilow who delivered a speech on behalf of the Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu stated the launch of the undertaking signifies a milestone within the well being sector.
She famous it’s going to leverage livelihood, social conduct change communication and meals help to construct the resilience of the weak inhabitants to meals and diet safety within the district.
“It may also spotlight the function of public-private partnership in addressing malnutrition in Ghana,” she stated.
The Presiding Member for Karaga, Ziblim Sulemana, presenting a speech on behalf of the District Chief Executive for the Karaga District, Iddrisu Mohammed Saani stated the WFP has made large attempt within the growth of the world.
He cited help for the Ghana college feeding programme in 15 communities with meals since 2018 as considered one of its help.
“The programme additionally supported about 80 colleges within the district and two JHS significantly women with the provision of meals ration for take dwelling to complement the household meals requirement,” he famous.
According to him, the built-in nutrition-livelihoods initiative will assist the district handle malnutrition amongst kids within the space.