The United States Agency for International Development, (USAID), has launched its two-year $9.5 million Advancing Nutrition Activity to improve the nutritional health of citizens in Bauchi, Kebbi, and Sokoto states.
A statement made available to our correspondent from the US Embassy in Abuja revealed that the activity will address the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition, provide technical support, share innovations, and conduct research to improve nutritional outcomes.
“The launch was also an opportunity to showcase the USAID/Nigeria Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy (2020-2025), which was developed in partnership with the Government of Nigeria and other key stakeholders.”
Furthermore, the USAID Health, Population, and Nutrition Office Director Paul McDermott was quoted as stating in his Remarks that, “Malnutrition has a far-reaching impact on the most vulnerable populations, especially children, adolescents, and women. Addressing malnutrition is critical to improving health, education, and economic development.”
The statement also referenced a 2021 UNICEF report, which identified malnutrition as the underlying cause of nearly half of deaths of children under age five every year in Nigeria.
The activity is said to be led by John Snow, Inc. and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. and a diverse group of experienced partners, including Helen Keller International.