MALAWI WINNING AGAINST MALNUTRITION

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School feeding plays a role in reducing malnutrition, photo by Mary’s Meals

GOVERNMENT says the country’s malnutrition rate has been scaled down despite the need adding effort to defeat the conditions.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dan Namarika, for instance, says Vitamin A deficiency has been reduced from 59 percent in 2001 to 4 percent in the year of 2016.

The other significant reduction is in anemia that has been reduced from 80 percent in 2001 to 28 percent in 2016.

He, however, has stressed that there is a need to focus on reducing the rates further, hence the ministry will launch a policy that will help in achieving the goal.

“The levels of malnutrition are still very high, especially stunting. The policy therefore is building on the efforts and lessons made in the implementation of the previous policy to sustain gains,” reads part of the press statement by the ministry.

Government through the ministry has called upon all stakeholders to support efforts in building resilient communities on issues of food and nutrition security

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