Karonga District Hospital nutrition coordinator Hamilton Gondwe has commended efforts by partners implementing nutrition interventions in the district.
In an interview, he said the interventions have reduced malnutrition-related diseases and stunting from 26 to 23 percent.
“Organisations such as World Relief implementing Scaling Up Nutrition [Sun project] in communities have been able to identify early malnourished cases of children for treatment,” said Gondwe.
He said the project, which targets mothers and caregivers of children from 0-59 months and under-five children, provides access to high-impact nutrition specific services such as counselling on key nutrition practices at household level.
“Through Water and Sanitation Hygiene [Wash], we encourage exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding and maternal nutrition,” he said.
Group village head Mwangolera in Paramount Chief Kyungu’s area thanked World Relief and other organisations for bringing nutrition and hygiene interventions to the communities.
“People have adopted and implemented the teachings in their respective households. Now people eat six food groups,” she said.
World Relief Sun project focuses on multi-sectoral nutrition sensitive interventions in Wash, food security, women’s empowerment and early childhood development to address causes of stunting.