In an effort to improve nutritional knowledge and access to information on Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), the International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH), is empowering 60 women in Kwali and Bwari Area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The empowerment programme is funded by the European Union- Agents for Citizen Driven Transformation (EU-ACT).
Speaking during a training programme on severe acute malnutrition for journalists in the FCT, the executive director of ISMPH, Moji Makanjuola, said the project is aimed at empowering vulnerable people with improved nutritional knowledge and access to information on SAM, including mothers from low-income households in vulnerable communities who are uneducated, unemployed, and mothers living with disabilities.
Makanjuola, while lamenting the rate of malnutrition among children in the country, expressed optimism that the empowerment of the women would in turn improve nutrition of pre-school children in the targeted communities.
She, therefore, enjoined the media to debunk misconceptions about nutrition in children, and as well produce stories that proffer solutions to the burden of malnutrition in the country.
She said the project would also economically empower beneficiaries through the creation of a value chain around waste. “Disadvantaged mothers of severely malnourished children will be equipped to create sustainable businesses through the generation of marketable products from waste items,” she said. Leadership