VP Darboe: Gov’t recognises nutrition as important pillar to national development

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The vice president and minister of Women Affairs has acknowledged that nutrition is not a single sectoral issue, but rather a crosscutting one, affirming that the government of The Gambia recognised it as an important pillar to national development.

Ousainou Darboe was speaking on Monday during the opening of the 34th Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) annual meeting held at a hotel in Brufut heights.

The three-day forum, hosted by The Gambia under the patronage of ECOWAS, West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), is being organised by the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD).

The regional meeting that attracted about 250 participants was aimed at discussing food crisis and nutritional status in West African and Sahelian countries.

 Veep Darboe maintained that the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) under his Office is tasked with the responsibility of coordinating nutrition related programmes across the sectors in the country.

He explained that NaNA in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is implementing nutritional health programmes including the National and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project (MCNHRP) and the building resilient through social transfers of nutrition security in The Gambia.

This project, he said, aims to increase the utilisation of community nutrition and primary maternal and child health services as well as build resilience of vulnerable households.

“The MCNHRP also intends to ensure wide range of care within the first 1000 days window of opportunity, which is from conception to the first two years of the child’s life. Another complementary project includes EU Envelope B, the Bio and Food Fortification project,” he added.

Minister Darboe noted that the MCNHRP and breast project when fully implemented would contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality, mortality and nutrition thereby contributing to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals to end preventable death through universal health coverage.

The project, he further stated, would also contribute to the achievement of the goals of the country’s national development plan 2018-2021.

In an attempt to build up resilience of vulnerable households, Minister Darboe disclosed that food and nutrition security intervention under the MCNHRP comprising provision of inputs such as poultry and backyard guarding with a company on condition cash transfer on nutrition education for 1, 500 households, is presently being implemented.

 

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara
Source: Picture: VP Darboe