Low Investment Towards Nutrition Worries Oxfam
Oxfam Country Director Lingalireni Mihowa says investment in nutrition remains a small portion of overall domestic budgets in the country which affects health status of people.
Mihowa said low investment in nutrition-related initiatives and programmes suggests that nutrition is marginalized in terms of expenditure.
She then said, "we will leverage on the power of the media in lobbying for increased allocation and accountability for nutrition resources at national, district, and community level."
Mihowa said this in Dowa during the launch of Popular Mobilisation campaign on increasing Resource Allocation and Accountability for Nutrition Sector in Malawi.
Meanwhile, Dowa District Principal Environmental Health Officer, Ellen Ndlovu who represented Acting District Commissioner for Dowa said district councils have a responsibility to ensuring that nutrition issues are included in their budget planning.
"We have a responsibility to make sure that we deal with malnutrition which is on the rise in Dowa compared to other districts," Ndlovu said.
The 50,000 Euros project is being implemented in Salima, Dedza, and Dowa.
Between 2016/2017 and 2019/2020 national budgets, nutrition received proportions at 0.6 percent and 0.9 percent respectively.