UNDP and partners boost nutrition in Chiraa Community

01 Nov 2013

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As reported by Benson Afful, of the Business and Financial Times: The Intervention of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners on tackling of malnutrition in the Northern Ghana through the provision of milled-premix fortification for cereals to the Chiraa Community in the Upper West region has helped boost nutrition among children in the community.

The premix milled fortification cereal contains nutrients such as Vitamin A, B12, B1, B2, Folic Acid, Iron and Zinc. Before the intervention, the community was recording high malnutrition due to inadequacy of supplementary food which contributed to the increase in malnutrition cases which was highly associated with children in various parts of the Northern region.A multiple indicator survey conducted by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that the Northern region recorded 23.2% of malnutrition cases for the year 2010.

The survey expressed fear that the situation could escalate because available routine data for the half year of 2011 indicated that such cases sky rocketed to 23%. B&FT in an interview with Yendao Valentine, he said "children in the community previously suffered from Kwashiorkor because of lack of balance diet but since the fortification cereal was provided to them the deficiency has reduced among the children and they now grow healthily."

He said the people in the community are suffering from poverty and most vulnerable ones are the women who cannot even afford a three square meal.Mr. Yendao said with the intervention of the UNDP and its partners for providing them with the fortification cereals the meals of the children in particular and the adults in general have improved their nutrition.

He commended the UNDP and the World Food Programme for this intervention, and pleaded for government support to the women in the community.“Government should come to the aid of the women here by providing them with funds to boost their businesses. This will go a long way to improve their lives and be able to take care of their children in school.”