Uganda fights back against child malnutrition

March 1, 2020

We tend to notice as a country that, basically, when children get to the age of 6 months, that is when the malnutrition begins to set
in. Why? Because the knowledge around what type of complementary food to give to a child – How do you combine this complementary food? How do you mix it? How do you prepare it? – we still continue to see gaps in that area. Stunting, as a whole, is attributed largely
to three broader areas. Direct nutrition interventions can only contribute a third of the piece.
And then education also contributes another third of the piece. And food security contributes the other third of the piece. A lot of community dialogue sessions are happening but also community-led engagements on nutrition, food security, gender, livelihood, water and sanitation are key. Stunting is an inter-generational issue. We may not be able to fix the stunting issue at the moment, as it is, but with all the efforts that we
are doing, we want to break that cycle so that ultimately, 10 years down the road, all
children who go through the education sector know what good nutrition is about, what feeding
is about, what are the benefits, and hope that, in the next 10 to 20 years to come,
we’ll actually be able to break that cycle.

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