Officials from Hunger Project Uganda, are calling for a collective effort in the fight against Malnutrition.Tobias Habasa
Officials from the Hunger Project Uganda, are calling for concerted efforts, from members of the public and other stakeholders in Kabale district, in the fight against Mal-nutrition and improve on access to clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene.
The call was made today Thursday September 2nd 2021, by the advocacy and communications officer,-Hunger Project Uganda, Violah Nayebare, while speaking at Kitumba sub county headquarters, during a dialogue dubbed “the Right to Grow Independent System dialogue”, which was organized under the “Right to grow program”. the dialogue was held under the theme: creating Food systems that enable children to reach their full potential.
The “Right to grow program”, is global program being implemented several African countries, like Uganda Mali, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Bukinafaso among others, with funding from Netherlands. In Uganda, the program is being implemented in 10 districts including Kamwenge, Buliisa ,Kakumiro, Adjumani, Arua, Kikuube, Nwoya, Maracha, Bugweri and Kabale
Nayebare, said that the Right to Grow program, which is being implemented in Kitumba and Kamuganguzi sub counties in Kabale districr , is aimed at ensuring that every child aged below 5years, is well nourished and has access to the WASH services like, clean water, sanitation and hygiene. She added that the program, which is also advoacay in nature is intended at bringing out voices of community members, so that the issues affecting them that are related to Mal-nutitrion and WASH services are brought to light and worked on.
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%.
The Kabale district senior fisheries officer, Jennifer Twebaze, who is foreseeing the project in the district, said that the fight against malnutrition, requires concerted efforts. She called on all stakeholders in the district to join efforts so as to realize zero malnutrition.