A non-govermental organisation (NGO), Mary Dinah Foundation (MDF) in affiliation with USAID have commenced a feeding program for girls, kids and different weak throughout the 34 communities in Yobe state.
Already, a complete of 16,000 individuals together with girls, kids and weak in addition to Internally Displaced People (IDP) throughout 34 villages in the state has began benefitting from the program.
The program which is focused at offering over 4 million meals to contributors yearly, covers villages together with: Damagun, Idi Barde, Fune IDP Camp, Jenga, Dogon Rigiya, Kasuwa, and Sabon Line.
Other companions of the program are United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in addition to Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YSEMA) and Ministry of Health.
Chairperson of the Foundation, Mary Dinah, mentioned the initiative promotes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of Zero Hunger, Good Health, Quality Education and Gender Equality.
Commenting on the goal, she mentioned, “It adequately enhances current dietary applications in the Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) area.
“The core aim of the program is to contribute to the overall reduction in morbidity and mortality caused by malnutrition among infants and pregnant/lactating mothers.” Moreover, she added, “I would like to thank the American people for their generosity. It is their daily support that enables global projects of this scale to stay sustainable through USAID.”
On his half, Nutrition Director, Mary Dinah Foundation, Jerry Ezike, mentioned the initiative was born out of the World Health Organisation (WHO) report that 45 % of deaths amongst kids underneath age 5 is said to malnutrition.
Speaking on the alternative of North East area, he mentioned, “Specifically, due to COVID-19, road closures and restrictions have led to further scarcity of food in already hard to reach areas, making food prices soar far above what the communities can afford. This program alleviates the perils of hunger and poverty.”
Also commenting, govt secretary, Yobe State emergency administration company, Mohammed Goje, mentioned “This is a great opportunity we have to reduce child mortality that is caused by malnutrition and hunger.”
Similarly, Emir of Fune, His Royal Highness, HRH, Alhaji, Dr. Saleh Idris Ibn Usman, mentioned, “We are happy that Mary Dinah Foundation has selected Fune town and Damagum to benefit from the Zero Hunger Program. We pledge our 100 percent support to see that the program achieves it’s objectives of preventing malnutrition to the benefit of our people.”
Meanwhile, the program additionally gives different complimentary actions to the beneficiaries and neighborhood at giant together with; Monthly Water And Sanitation Hygiene coaching, in partnership with UNICEF, with emphasis on curbing the unfold of COVID19; IYCF sensitization by means of month-to-month mom to mom group coordination to advertise greatest observe; Spreading diet messages persistently by means of MDF employees to neighborhood and non secular leaders for larger affect; in addition to referrals of all Gender Based Violence and Child Protection circumstances.
There are indications that the Mary Dinah Foundation and USAID are set to develop the Zero Hunger Program past Africa and improve the quantity of meals distributed to twenty million every year by December 2021.
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