GOVT Approves K790 Million To DAPP To Fight Child Stunting
Government through Department of Nutrition HIV and Aids (DNHA) has approved MK793,784,186to Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) to scale up activities aimed at reducing child stunting and anemia among children under the age of five in Chiradzulu district.
The activities will be implemented under Support for Nutrition Improvement Component “A” (SNIC) Phase II Project which will now cover the whole district for a period of 18 months starting from June 2016.
Briefing District Executive Committee (DEC) members at the Boma, DAPP’s SNIC Project Manager in Chiradzulu John Sande said during the second phase the project is expected to Strengthened nutrition service delivery at district and community level .
“We intend to increase awareness amongst women and men on good nutrition practices and prevent childhood diseases as well as scaling up maternal and child nutrition service delivery at community level,” he said.
On this note, Sande said the project will train Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) and all community nutrition structures besides identifying volunteers and develop district nutrition strategic plan for the project to achieve its aims.
SNIC primarily target women of child bearing age, pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under the age of five.
In the first phase, the project was implemented in Traditional Authorities (T/As) Nkalo, Kadewere and Likoswe where communities on their own conduct activities to promote dietary diversification using six food groups at community and household level.