UN assistant secretary general visits project site in CRR

Monday, May 14, 2018

The UN assistant secretary general and also the coordinator of Sun Movement (Scaling Up Nutrition) – a project that is operating in more than 60 countries, recently visited the ‘Building Resilience Through Social Transfers for Nutrition Security’ (BREST) project at Brikamaba Health Center in the Central River Region. 

The project targets about six thousand lactation mothers, who are currently benefiting from this project in which each receives D600 a month.

The visit was part of her mission in The Gambia to meet and discuss with stakeholders, communities, and lactation mothers involved in the project as well as see how the project is being implemented through cash transfer within the communities.

The project is funded by European Union and implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA), the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) and the Ministry of Health in The Gambia who are implementing  this project in three years.

This three million Euro project is being implemented in the North Bank Region (NBR), Upper River Region (URR) and Central River Region (CRR) of the country.

The project was designed to dovetail Maternal, Child Nutrition and Health Results (MCNHRP) funded by the World Bank, which provides conditional cash transfer to pregnant women – from pregnancy till birth.

The BREST project creates a continuum in care for the women and her child till the completion of the first 1000 days.

Speaking to journalists at Brikamaba Health Center, Gerda Verburg, said she was very proud as SUN Movement’s coordinator and UN assistant secretary general in partnership with NaNA an d UNCIEF to visit the BREST project site at Brikamaba . 

“I am impressed with the support of the young mothers,” she said.  “The people from UNICEF, NaNA are doing a great job.” 

She added that it was impressive to see what was going on the ground, acknowledging that this type of project is fitting and is doing great towards improving the health condition of children.

She used the opportunity to thank the government of The Gambia through NaNA for putting nutrition in the forefront.

Jallow Fatty, a beneficiary explained how this project has impacted their families, while thanking for NaNA for their support throughout this project.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh
Source: Picture: Gerda Verburg