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Lilongwe District Council scaling up nutrition for its residents

Written by  Pauline Kaude

Lilongwe, September 08, 2017: The Lilongwe District Council has intensified efforts to scale up nutrition among people in the district.

The Council’s Director of Planning and Development, who is also chairperson of the District Nutrition Coordinating Committee (DNCC), Douglas Moffat said this after a joint monitoring visit to some nutrition and sanitation activities being carried out in Traditional Authorities Njewa and Khongoni in the district.

He said for instance, the district has a 37 percent stunting growth, a situation he described as worrisome and needs urgent interventions.

“Malnutrition strains on our resources, we spend a lot of money treating diseases that come about because of it hence the need to strengthen our efforts,” Douglas said.

During the visit, stakeholders hailed the council through the DNCC for the commendable work that it is doing on the ground despite inadequate resources.

Gibson Nkanamwano, World Relief Malawi Deputy Director General, hailed the good working relationship that is there between the council and partners who are implementing various programmes in nutrition and sanitation.

Irish Aid Nutrition Supervisor, Mphatso Mapemba said it was impressive to note that under the School Health and Nutrition Programme, communities are able to grow maize and soya beans in school gardens which they use for the School Feeding Programme.

“There is also a big improvement in sanitation, we have seen for ourselves an increase in the number of toilets in the villages we have been to and that is encouraging,” she said.

On the School Feeding Programme, some schools in the district have attributed increased enrollment and reduced absenteeism among learners to the provision of porridge in the schools.

The schools have gardens where communities grow maize and soya beans. The District Education Office under the School Health and Nutrition Programme provides fertilizer and seed while communities provide labour.

“Since we started the school feeding programme, the enrollment has increased from around 500 to 784. We provide porridge to learners three days in a week during lean months,” said Daniel Kalumo, head teacher for Airbase Primary School in TA Njewa.

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