Malnutrition among children in Burundi at 'alarming level', warns WFP

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) — An estimated one million children in Burundi are stunted, and require urgent care, warned the World Food Programme (WFP) in a statement made available on Wednesday to PANA in Kigali.

The UN food aid agency said that in an effort to have a better understanding of the needs, realities, challenges and opportunities relating to malnutrition, Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan conducted a three-day visit to Burundi between 15 and 17 June 2018.

The agency said that during her visit, Princess Sarah travelled around the country meeting top Government officials, the First Lady of Burundi and WFP partners.

It said that over half of children under 5 years in the country are stunted, and this has massive repercussions for the future of the country.

In a move to mitigate these effects of malnutrition,  WFP has embarked on providing daily school meals to 600,000 children in 700 primary schools in order to encourage school attendance and increase dietary diversity.

It said that the locally produced long-life milk is an important source of protein and is distributed in 57 out of 700 primary schools supported by WFP.

As part of its school meals programme, WFP in partnership with UNFPA works with school clubs to sensitise young people, especially adolescent girls, on early marriages and family planning which is key to breaking the inter-generational cycle of malnutrition, it said.
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27 june 2018 11:35:33

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