Malnutrition is blamed for more than a third of Malawian children’s stunted growth and nearly a quarter of child fatalities, according to a United Nations worldwide study on nutrition. To address the issue, the United Nations and Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera launched a campaign to boost child nutrition and health on Thursday.
“Unite to end all forms of malnutrition for sustainable human well-being and economic development” is the theme of the Scaling Up Nutrition 3.0 Campaign.
Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, who launched the campaign, believes the country’s high malnutrition rate is largely due to its residents’ over-reliance on Nsima as their sole source of nutrition.
Nsima is a hard maize flour porridge that is frequently served with fish, meat, and vegetables.
According to Chakwera, the programme has given Malawi an opportunity to re-engineer its society toward a more diverse diet.
At Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Alexander Kalimbira is an associate professor of nutrition.
He added that, in addition to the negative impact on a person’s health, malnutrition has resulted in low production in Malawi.
Chakwera, on the other hand, stated that his government is working to resolve the issue.
He stated that this includes allocating local council money, stationing malnutrition officers throughout the country, and delivering specialist malnutrition care to all Malawians.
Gerda Verburg is the assistant secretary-general of the United Nations and the coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition 3.0 Movement.
She praised Malawi for its efforts to combat malnutrition.
Verburg asked Chakwera, who is also the chairperson of SADC, to expand the campaign outside Malawi.
According to recent government estimates, over 1.5 million Malawians, or roughly 8% of the population, are food insecure.