CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Mansa
GOVERNMENT has released K4.2 million towards the prevention of stunting in children in Luapula Province under the Scaling-Up Nutrition Programme.
The programme is a multi-sectoral approach to the prevention and reduction of stunting, which is a result of malnutrition in children.
It is being implemented by ministries of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock, Community Development and Social Welfare, Health, Education and Local Government.
Provincial nutrition support co-ordinator Fanwell Kabbila said the money has been released for the implementation of various activities this year.
Mr Kabbila said the programme is aimed at preventing and reducing malnutrition in children under the age of two.
He said currently, stunting is at 40 percent in the country and that the programme aims to reduce malnutrition by the end of this year.
“Government, through various ministries, released K4.2 million towards the implementation of various activities aimed at reducing stunting in the province,” Mr Kabbila said.
He said inadequate care and nutrition in children during the initial 1,000 most critical days resulted in poor physical growth, mental development and death in some cases.
Mr Kabbila said Zambia had prioritised 14 interventions, which had had a positive impact on stunting.
He said the programme targets women, breastfeeding mothers, infants and children under the age of two.