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Mandera launches second County Nutrition Action Plan

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Mandera County Government through the ministry of health launched the second Mandera County Nutrition Action Plan. The 2019-2023 nutrition plan was made possible with the help of other non-state partners including UKAID, World Food Programme, Save the Children, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), Action Against Hunger and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“Today, we joined our health team in the launch of our second Mandera County Nutrition Action plan in Mandera. I was accompanied by the Deputy Governor H.E Mohamed Arai, the speaker of the county Assembly Mohamed Adan Khalif, health staff, and non-state-actors who partnered with us on this journey. I want to congratulate our health team for their continued service improvement within our county”, said Governor Ali Roba.

The County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) 2019–2023 is an evidence-based five-year strategic action plan that seeks to address malnutrition in the county in all its forms and for all ages.

“Nutrition is a constitutional right and good nutrition will have good impact on economic development, Education and healthy child growth and development. We are grateful to all the partners and donors like USAID, Action against hunger and save the children among others for the continuous support to Mandera County residents. It’s only through this co-operation that Multi sectorial programming for nutrition is almost at realization”, added the County Assembly speaker.

According to Smart survey July 2019, almost a quarter (21.9%) of children below age five years in Mandera are WASTED (acute malnutrition). These children have nine times the risk of death as children who grow normally. Wasting increases the risk of stunted growth, child death from infectious disease, impaired cognitive development and non-communicable disease in adulthood.

The main audience for the CNAP will be policy makers, planners, nutrition managers, development partners, donors, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), the private sector among others.

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