National Nutrition Agency (NaNa) and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
recently held a press briefing on the on-going project called, “The Maternal
and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project” (MCNHRP), held at the NaNa
office in Kanifing.
Speaking at the press briefing, Pa Modou Phall, NaNA executive director said the project started as a pilot in the North Bank Region and moved to five regions gradually due to the limited resources provided.
They look at the areas that have the highest rate of maternal mortality, infant mortality and a higher rate of malnutrition, he said.
According to Mr Phall, the project was jointly implemented by the NaNA and the ministry of Health.
The aim of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the health status of the population by providing accessible and equitable services of good quality health and nutrition services in The Gambia.
Phall further explained that the MCNHRP project would be operating in five regions namely, Central River Region, North Bank Region West, Upper River Region, Lower River Region and North Bank Region East respectively.
It would cover about 46 per cent of the population, or 770,000 people in the country would be covered.
The NaNa executive director said the project’s development objective is to increase utilisation of community nutrition and primary maternal and child health services, in the selected regions of The Gambia using a combination of supply and demand, and so on.
‘’The project is about results. We want to achieve results that will impact on people’s health and nutritional status. We are also very much interested in the quality of the service being given to the people.’’
Phall challenged the journalists to continue reporting to educate and inform the people more, about the importance of child health nutrition, and further urged the beneficiary communities to make best use of the project.
He said the ministry of Health and NaNA are the implementing partners, and they have other government structures involved as well.