An MOU to fight against Malnutrition signed between Kabale and The Hunger Project.Tobias Habasa
By Alex Byakatonda
Kabale District Local Government has signed a memorandum of Understanding-MOU, with the Hunger Project Uganda (THP-U)- aimed at implementing the R2G project, which is intended to provide support services for the improvement of livelihoods of communities within the district.
The MOU was signed by yesterday by the Senior Assistant Secretary in the office of the Chief Administrative Officer, also the clerk to council, Gordon Manzi, representing the CAO, Edmond Ntimba and LCV Vice Chairperson, Miria Akankwasa Tugume, representing the District Chairperson, Nelson Nshangabasheija on behalf of Kabale District Local Government. Dr Daisy Owomugasho- the Hunger Project Regional Director, and Gerald Kato, the Right 2Grow, Country Programme Coordinator, signed on behalf of The Hunger Project.
According to Dr Owomugasho, the Right2Grow project, is intended to improve nutrition services, with more focus on community empowerment and advocacy, by strengthening civil society to advocate for an enabling environment, where government decision makers and other key stakeholders jointly and effectively address under nutrition in a multi sectoral gender sensitive and inclusive manner.
She adds that under the project, households and communities will be mobilised to adopt good nutrition and WASH practices, through the use of various Community –Led development approaches.
The Vice Chairperson, Miria Akankwasa Tugume, hailed the Right2Grow program, which is being implemented in the sub counties of Kitumba and Kamuganguzi saying that it will help to ensure that children aged below 5years, are well nourished and are able to access WASH services like, clean water and sanitation among others.
On his part, Manzi, said that with the program, will act as an eye opener to bringing to light the issues related to Mal-nutitrion.
A research conducted 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%.