Alive & Thrive has launched a programme to extend entry to top quality maternal, toddler and younger kids’s vitamin companies in seven states of Nigeria: Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Sokoto and Yobe.
Speaking through the launch of the programme known as: “Accelerating the Scale of Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) Project”, yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of State for Health, Joseph Ekumankama, mentioned it got here at a time when there was dire have to speed up interventions aimed toward lowering malnutrition amongst ladies and youngsters within the nation.
Represented by the Director of Family Health within the ministry, Dr Salma Ibrahim Anas, he mentioned it might not solely speed up maternal and younger baby feeding interventions, however would drastically impression the vitamin narrative within the nation by straight addressing vitamin points affecting moms and youngsters on the grassroots.
He mentioned cost-effective maternal vitamin interventions performed essential roles in bettering the well being of moms and their kids.
Alive & Thrive’s Country 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 baby vitamin companies in collaboration with authorities, the community-based organisations and different vitamin stakeholders.
He additional mentioned it constructed on the successes and studying realised throughout its first 5 years in Nigeria, including that through the first section, and by working with nationwide, state, native authorities and neighborhood actors, Alive and Thrive reached greater than 2,809,686 moms with vitamin counselling by skilled frontline staff, and in addition reached over 4 million caregivers with tv and radio messages on applicable optimum toddler and younger baby feeding practices.
Speaking on behalf of the focal states, the Commissioner for Health in Kano State, who was represented by Dr Tijani Hussain, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, mentioned the mission would complement what the states did, assuring that the states would supply the wanted help to ensure the mission succeeded.