Crying uncontrollably, baby Jackson's image has remained glued on my mind since my visit to Mwana Mugimu Nutrition unit in Mulago Hospital. Half of his face covered with a plaster, his hands and legs covered with sores and his thighs covered with bruises similar to severe burn scars, it is too much for a child his age to take.
The Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling Up Nutrition (UCCOSUN) has set up a road map of activities to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week, which is held annually in the first week of August.
The activities are meant to engage the communities and general populace in awareness on the need and benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for mothers and complementary feeding upto two years.
Kicking off with UHCA led media dialogue on the 31st of July, the week will continue with activities in other regions of Uganda like East, North and West.
Other activities to be engaged in include a Nutrition Fair at Makerere University, led by UGAN, a media orientation Forum in Western Uganda led by UHCA, Nutrition Fairs in Lira and Tororo districts, led by World Vision.
The crown event will be a National Breast Feeding week celebration in Namutumba district, to be presided over by the First Lady of Uganda, Hon Janet K Museveni.
The celebrations are done in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
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The study shows that an equivalent of 5.6 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product or Shs1.8 trillion is lost to costs associated with treating and managing under nutrition directly caused by inadequate access to food.
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