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Ugandan nutritionists in a validation meeting

Nutrition stakeholders from multiple sectors  have agreed to launch the new communication strategy in July 2014. 

Nutritionists engaged in a half day event to validate the Nutrition Advocacy and Communication Strategy (NAC) for the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) in a workshop in May 2014.

Government officals included representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Agriculture, and of course the UNAP coordinating authority, the Office of the Prime Minister. 

Development partners like UNICEF, USAID, FAO were among the stakeholders engaged in streamlining the strategy. A member of the delegation of the EU was also presented, not forgetting of course nutrition CSOs, and other members under the UCCOSUN umbrella.

Malnutrition - a cost too high to ignore

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.

Nutrition Coalition commemorates World Breastfeeding Week

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.

CSOs urge government to step up fight against malnutrition

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have urged the government to increase the health budget and implement its commitments in the fight against malnutrition

Shs2 trillion lost to hunger, study shows

Uganda is losing colossal amounts of its resources to hunger, a new study has revealed. 
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. 

Most stunted children are in Kisoro, says report

Kisoro District has the highest number of stunted children in Uganda, findings of a new study shows.
Other districts with high numbers of stunted children are Kamwenge, Agago, Lira, Kole and Dokolo. The study, which was conducted by Harvard School of Public Health and Makerere University under the nutrition innovation laboratory for Stunted growth

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