Ndisakanizeni’ on the go in Neno
The World Bank has pumped in $60 million towards improving nutritional status of under five children in Neno district under Investing in Early Years Project.
The project is encouraging feeding mothers to use ‘Ndisakanizeni’ sachets for improved health of their infants.
Godfrey Mpaso, an agriculture extension worker, told a group of Village Development Committee members of Kambale agricultural section that the sachets contain all the mineral salts required in a six course meal which most parents cannot afford to provide daily to their under-five babies.
"One packet contains thirty sachets which are to be given to a child fifteen times a month which means this nutritious meal will be taken in two months; thereby, improving mental health of the child," said Mpaso.
District Development Community Officer, Rosemary Vulumende, commended the World Bank for the initiative, saying Neno as a district needs a lot of attention in terms of nutrition as most of its children are stunted.
"These projects will help boost nutrition of our children. Most children are performing poorly in class due to nutrition deficiency. This is impacting negatively on the district’s development," lamented Vulumende.
VDC chairperson for Kambale, Wyford Njovuyalema, described the project as critical in improving nutritional status of their infants since the sachets will be provided to them by health workers for free.
According to statistics, Neno district’s malnutrition status is pegged at 45 percent, one of the highest in the country.
A social worker, Memory Paul Nyirenda, has since vowed to work with the community in a drive to ensure successful implementation of the project.
The project which is being implemented in fifteen districts of the country seeks to improve coverage and utilization of early childhood development services with focus on nutrition, stimulation and early learning from conception to 59 months.