CSO appeals for increased nutrition funding, advocacy

Civil Society Organisation Nutrition Alliance (Csona) Malawi has challenged organisations (CSOs) implementing nutrition activities in the Northern Region to lobby for more resources for nutrition health.

Csona programmes manager Bessie Ndovi said this yesterday in Mzuzu during the close of a three-day nutrition advocacy training that attracted CSOs in the nutrition sector in Mzimba, Rumphi and Chitipa districts.

Participants follow Ndovi’s presentation

Ndovi observed that cases of malnutrition and stunting are still high in many districts in the country; hence, the need to advocate for change.

“We need to reach out to rural communities with nutrition messages, especially food diversification, “she said. As a working plan, the organisation has introduced district Csona/CSO chapters that will be directly involved in nutrition in the districts.

One of the participants, Gift Nyasulu, described the training as an eye-opener.

According to the 2015-2016 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey, 33 percent of under-five children in Chitipa are stunted, Mzimba has 39 percent while Rumphi has 32 percent.

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