UN agencies invest US$4 million to combat malnutrition in Angola

Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- At least US$4 million has been earmarked by several UN a gencies for the implementation of a programme to combat malnutrition in Angola.
It is under the "Joint Programme of Children, Food Security and Nutrition in Ang ola" aimed at alleviating hunger and malnutrition among children.
The programme, which is supported by UN agencies through the Fund for the Millennium Development Goals, was presented on Friday in the city of Kuito, capital of central Biأ© province, by the Angolan minister of Health, Josأ© Van-Dunem.
The UN agencies are UNICEF, FAO, WHO, IOM and UNDP.
About 12 million of Angola's 19.
7 million population are vulnerable to food cris es, and 75 per cent of these people are children and women in the reproductive age.
Addressing a presentation ceremony of the programme, UNICEF's assistant represen tative in Angola, Amelia Russo de Sa, said in supporting this initiative, the Un i ted Nations intended to help eradicate hunger and reduce child mortality.
About 8.
2 per cent of Angolan children between 6 and 59 months suffer from acute malnutrition and 29.
2 per cent have chronic malnutrition caused by inadequate d i et, infectious disease or a combination of both the UNICEF official said.
The programme will cover, initially, three districts in as many provinces, - sou thern Cunene province, central Bie province and eastern Moxico province - and la t er be expanded to other locations.

12 june 2010 15:12:00




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