Help end child malnutrition in Ghana now

Madam Consolata Soyiri Dassah

Child malnutrition is still on the ascendancy in some parts of the country despite numerous interventions and programs initiated by successive governments and non-governmental organizations.

Many factors seem to impact negatively on nutrition status of children in the country, which are the inadequate infant feeding, high morbidity and access to health care services.

Surprisingly, such children are seen in the farming communities, where the best of foods are produced and transported to the markets.

These contribute to malnutrition in children, and when not properly addressed may stand to affects their growth and reason abilities, which intend poses a serious threat to the country should such children assume leadership roles going forward.

It is through this, that SNV Netherlands Development Organization Voice 4 change program has called for increased commitment and political will of the government to implement practices and policies that address food nutrition and post-harvest losses.

The organization wants increased budgetary allocation to address nutrition activities at the district level.

Madam Consolata Soyiri Dassah, the Communication and Advocacy advisor of “Voice 4 Change partnership program” of the SNV Netherlands Development Organization says institutions responsible for adopting and implementation of strategies for the national nutrition policy documents should fast-track its implementation since the documents will end in 2019.

According to her, lack of strategies to get the policy into work is having ripple effect on the country.

She expressed concern about the inability to end child malnutrition in the country given the large volume of food production recorded annually.

Mrs Consolata made this known when she addressed media partners in the V4C program at Elmina, in the Central region.

The two days residential training sort to highlight some success chalked through its advocacy works.

SNV is partnering with some civil society organizations in the country with a special interest in water and sanitation, renewable energy and hunger.

What the program seeks to achieve in the next five years is a real impact on society through attitudinal change and the adoption of policies and practices through its advocacy work with civil society organizations.

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