Nutrition stakeholders and heads of departments in Kabale district,
have called for more funding of Nutrition programs to enable the
coordination of health education about balanced diets, water,
sanitation and hygiene practices, so as to fight against malnutrition
in communities.
The stakeholders were yesterday speaking, during an orientation
meeting for the District Nutrition Coordination Committee
Initiative-DNCCS for Kabale district that held in the district Rukiiko
hall on Makanga hill. The meeting was organized by the Community
Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI), non-government
organization, promoting sustainable community livelihood through
income and food security, water and sanitation, good health and policy
advocacy.
The Senior Programme Officer in charge of the Health department at
CIDI, Evelyn Zalwango Miyingo, noted that Malnutrition is a key
development challenge of the country, because it threatens to destroy
a generation of children in Uganda. Zalwango added that according to
research done between 2013-2015, indicated that 2.2 million children
approximately 29 percent of children aged 5years were stunted, while
in Kabale district, the prevalence of stunting among children aged
6-59 months was high at 41.1%
She observed that they are implementing, a program dubbed “RIGHT to
GROW”, with funding from Netherlands ( Dutch) Embassy to ensure that
every child in Uganda is able to achieve its potential. The districts
are, Kamwenge, Buliisa ,Kakumiro, Adjumani, Arua, Kikkube, Nwoya,
Maracha, Bugweri and Kabale.
The Kabale principal assistant secretary, James Mugisha, and district
Vice Chairperson, Miriam Akankwasa Tugume, noted that the fight
against malnutrition, requires concerted efforts and contributions
from all departments of the district, including health, production,
community development, education, planning, administration, water, and
trade and industry.
It was also noted that the prevalence of stunting decreases with
increasing levels of the mother’s education, whereby about 4 in 10
children born to mothers with no education (37 percent) are stunted
compared with 1 in 10 (10 percent) of children born to mothers with
more than a secondary education
The stakeholders, realized the need for the promotion of access and
utilization of safe water at household level, food safety and hygiene
education at household level and in schools, safe water supply in
rural and urban areas, expansion of improved provision of safe water
Supply and sanitation infrastructure to Schools within the mandate of
the education sector, among others as one of the ways to fight against
malnutrition.

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