Zambia committed to scaling up nutrition


Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina has said his country is committed to scaling up nutrition to reduce hunger and malnutrition, state-run news agency reported on Thursday.

The Zambian vice-president, who was in Bangkok, Thailand, attending an international conference on accelerating the end of hunger and malnutrition, said Zambia needs more assistance from cooperating partners in funding for capacity-building programs in scaling up nutrition, the Zambia News and Information Service said.

The Bangkok event was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

She told a team from Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement that the country’s scaling-up nutrition program needs to be enhanced and expanded to embrace children under the age of five and those not attending under-five clinics.

Wina said out of the 95 districts identified for the scaling-up nutrition program in Zambia, only 16 have so far been reached.

Gerda Verburg, United Nations secretary-general and coordinator of the SUN Movement, urged Zambia to embrace a holistic approach to the scaling up program.

She said the government should ensure that it owns the program and set priority areas for funding, instead of depending on donors.

Malnutrition is a major burden on Zambia’s health care system and contributes to low human capital. According to government figures, 40 percent of children under the under of five are stunted in Zambia. Enditem

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