On World Food Day, which took place on 29 October 2015, GRET recalled the importance of fortified food for infants in preventing child malnutrition, which is one of the main focuses of the Repam project.
In Burkina Faso, the nutritional situation of children under 5 is a matter of concern: 29.1% suffer from chronic malnutrition, 8.6% from acute malnutrition and 20.1% are underweight (SMART, 2014). This situation is responsible for the death of over 70,000 children under 5, especially infants aged 6-23 months. In the Mouhoun loop region, the rate of acute malnutrition is 8.3% and that of chronic malnutrition is 27.8%. In this context, since 2014, GRET has been leading a project to strengthen food and nutritional safety for local populations in the Mouhoun and Nayala provinces (Repam).
Infant malnutrition is largely due to an insufficient offer of services promoting best IYCF (Infant and Young Child Feeding) practices in communities. This is why GRET is working on raising the awareness of populations on best nutritional practices and on making fortified infant flour produced by local processing units available. GRET and AB Misola are working in partnership to support the production, marketing and promotion of Misola infant flour at prices that are affordable for local populations.
On World Food Day, GRET organised an official ceremony to launch the promotion campaign for this breast-milk supplement, chaired by the Chairperson of the special delegation, with the participation of the regional health director for the Mouhoun Loop, the technical departments, representatives from NGOs and community based organisations, leaders of producer/processor groups, the Federation of Agricultural Professionals in Burkina (FEPA/B) – a partner in the implementation of the project – and its provincial union UPPA Mouhoun.
The day made it possible to raise participants’ awareness of the importance of infant and child feeding and the prevention of malnutrition, as well as rewarding the best managers of Misola flour sales outlets and enabling the entire community to participate via events that took place throughout the day at place de la Nation, where there were stands promoting the Misola breast-milk supplement and other local processed products supported by the project.
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