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CRS/UNICEF to Tackle Malnutrition in 4 Districts

2007-06-02 11:15:36
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African Child
The Catholic Relief service (CRS), in collaboration with UNICEF, have voted a total of C2.1 billion cedis to fight malnutrition in four districts in the Upper West Region.

UNICEF provided 1.5 billion cedis cedis while CRS provided 600 million cedis with human resource support coming from the Ghana Health Service.

Mr. Daniel Ayugane, Head of Progammes of CRS, said this during the launch of the Integrated Nutrition Action Against Malnutrition (INAAM) project at Buli in the Wa West District.

He said the project, which is a one-year intervention, would rehabilitate about 3,000 malnourished children in the Wa West, Wa East, Lawra districts and the Wa Municipal Assembly all in the Upper West Region.

Mr. Ayugane said apart from directly participating in the rehabilitation of the malnourished children in the selected districts, parents would also be trained to sustain the programme by using available foodstuff to prepare meals that would nourish the children.

He said the project was being replicated in those areas because of its previous success in countries such as Haiti, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Mozambique and urged the implementers to strictly adhere to its tenets for success.

Mr Ayugane said the project was being implemented in eight districts of the three Northern regions out of which four were for the Upper West Region and advised the people to embrace it so as to improve on the health of their children.

Mr. Ambrose Dery, the Upper West Regional Minister, said the intervention was a relief to the region as it had unattractive figures of malnutrition cases.

He appealed to both CRS and UNICEF to collaborate effectively with the communities in the implementation of the project so as to come out with meaningful results that would justify their huge investment in the project.

Dr. Edward Gyader, a Medical Consultant, said 208 deaths of infants out of every 1000 deaths in the region was a serious handicap that needed support to correct.

He called on health workers throughout the region to support the two organizations to effectively implement the project.

source: GNA

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