Gambia signs MOU to fight malnutrition

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Banjul Office of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Gambian National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) and Ministry of Health have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at combating malnutrition in The Gambia, the Voice newspaper reported on Tuesday.

It is intended to address malnutrition in children under the age of five, pregnant and nursing mothers through nutritional assistance.

In a speech, Macki Taal, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health, said it was a very important milestone in the intervention of health care delivery.

“Malnutrition is a key and important component in healthcare,” he said, adding that malnutrition allowed for a lot of health complications to follow.

Momodou Chayasin Phall, executive director of NaNA, said the signing of the MOU “is a very positive move” as it would bind the three organizations and pave the way to address malnutrition in the country.

Victoria Ginja, WFP representative in Banjul, expressed confidence that the partnership would yield “great achievements.”

“There are no silver bullets to ending the world’s malnutrition and hunger problems but with collective efforts and commitment, we can reach the ultimate goal of zero malnutrition and hunger,” Ms Ginja said.

“WFP seeks to support the most vulnerable population through the targeted supplementary feeding programme, as part of the protracted relief and recovery operation,” she added.
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03 december 2013 20:57:20

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