The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger, or ACF) has planned a high level advocacy for leaders to ensure domestic resource commitment are generated to fight chronic malnutrition in Liberia.
Speaking at a one day workshop hosted by MOH and (ACF) on addressing the way forward by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Government of Liberia on malnutrition held on Tuesday May 13, the country Director, Madam Mireine M. Noramu expressed commitment for the fight.
The ACF Country Director said it was important for the civil society organizations and the government of Liberia along with local and international partners to find the way that best addresses the malnutrition as many children have lost their lives due to low nutrition in the body.
“We are using this workshop to call on civil society organizations to form alliances that join local and other international partners with the government to ensure that Liberia is free from malnutrition.
She explained that they would also discuss with local marketers to improve the quality and availability of healthy food on the local market including those that are basically needed for the fight against malnutrition in the country.
“We want to create the world that children can live a better life through the process of having access to nutrition and other bodies building food in Liberia, and invest to improve nutrition in the first 1000 days of the child’s life.”
The program, under the theme; Liberia Civil Society Coalition for Scaling Up Nutrition is intended for working together to support, encourage and mobilize the necessary resources to scale up nutrition across Liberia.
According to the country Director, they are ensuring that marketers and farmers are advised to support the ideas of providing the right nutrition for children on the market, and ensure the protection of it for long lasting period on the market.
She used the occasion to express thanks and appreciation to the participants and other government institutions, including the Ministry of Agriculture, for their commitment and contribution in fighting malnutrition that has adversely affected many children in the world.
Madam Jestina B. Johnson of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said they were working to endorse the adaptation of the country initiative to sustain essential nutrition intervention, to address chronic malnutrition and ensure better living condition of children.
She further explained that the Ministry of Health would ensure that, “access to affordable nutrition food is made possible on the local markets, clean water, sanitation and social protection can be provided for all Liberians and the children at large.”