Foundations commit funds to reduce undernutrition

January 21, 2016 12:28 pm1 commentViews: 15

undernutritionABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Dangote Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a combined commitment of $100 million over the next five years (2016-2020) towards ending under-nutrition in Nigeria.

This commitment is expected to improve the lives of at least 5 million families by 2020.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates have made the announcement in Abuja.

Gates said nutrition was one of the highest impact investments we can make in Nigeria’s future growth and prosperity.

He noted well-nourished children were more likely to grow up to be healthy, fend off preventable diseases, achieve more in school and even earn higher income as adults.

“This partnership builds on our foundation’s strong commitment to Nigeria – one of several countries where we are working closely with the government, the private sector and civil society to improve health and development outcomes,” Gates said.

Dangote said in the spirit of the new partnership, they encouraged more commitments from Nigeria at all levels to step up investments in nutrition.

“It is time to make strategic investments in interventions to eliminate malnutrition in Nigeria,” said Dangote.

He said this would be achieved through a massive scale-up of interventions, matched with effective coordination of efforts and innovative sustainable solutions.

“We have to ensure that children who are already malnourished receive help and are prevented from dying while we improve the conditions that led to them being malnourished in the first place,” said Dangote.

The two foundations also welcomed the increased political attention to under-nutrition in Nigeria and noted that leadership will be critical to future progress.

CAJ News

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