Mulanje District Council Fights Stunting
Mulanje District Council says it is making strides in reducing stunting in the district, as statistics indicate that stunting has been reduced from 46.7 % to 36% among under-five children in the past six years.
Principal Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Officer Pearson Mphangwe attributed the significant decline to coordination among various partners that are implementing nutrition activities in the district.
“Still we can do more than this as you know the district is a food basket. What we need is to intensify sensitizing communities in food preparation,” Mphangwe said.
Meanwhile, President of Malawi Red Cross Society Levison Changole says his organization is on course in reducing stunting by 2% in Mulanje every year.
“The district statistics are not good and we need to invest more in fighting against general malnutrition,” Changole said.
Changole was speaking on Monday when the organization distributed 60 pushbikes and 695 wrappers to Red Cross volunteers.
In 2017, the Malawi Red Cross Society started implementing the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project in traditional authority Mabuka in Mulanje with financial support from UNICEF.
According to the 2017-2022 District Development Plan (DDP), the council expects to reduce stunting down to 25% by the year 2022.