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Monday, 23 April 2018 13:22

SCORE ll collaborates with Chiradzulu to scale up nutrition

Written by  Linda Likomwa

Chiradzulu, April 23, 2018: Strengthening Capacity of Religious Women in Early Childhood Development II (SCORE-ECD) has called upon Chiradzulu District Nutrition Coordinating Committee (DNCC) to collaborate with it in promoting nutrition among children.

Speaking on Monday when introducing the intervention to the DNCC, SCORE’s Master Trainer, Sr. Mary Kinley said they could not work alone without nutrition experts as children’s health was critical and important.

“In this project we are focusing much on the first 1000 days of the child and basically on the hygiene and sanitation of children under the age of two. We are looking at how food is taken care during preparation, during baby feeding and cleanliness of the surroundings,” she said.

Kinley added that the first 1,000 days remain critical to child development and if children were not well properly cared for at the tender age they become stunted and brain development is also affected.

She said when children start crawling they pick everything that surrounds them and such objects in the mouth and people always have a wrong perception, saying when children are developing teeth they always have diarrhoea.

Kinley said 40 caregivers have been trained to teach 100 households in sanitation and hygiene of children in addition to the six food groups that pregnant and lactating mothers have to take.

Chiradzulu DNCC Coordinator, Pearson Mphangwe thanked the SCORE ll team for engaging nutrition experts in the district for the betterment of the children.

He said the team has come at the right time to support other nutrition activities that the council could not have done on its own, assuring the organization of the DNCC’s support throughout the project.

The four year project would attempt to increase key water, sanitation and hygiene practices, infant and young child feeding, behaviors in pregnant and lactating women and primary care givers of children under five, positive parenting and increase the practice of key health seeking behaviors.

The project is expected to reach 500 households during its implantation period.