ZANZIBAR: THE Zanzibar First Lady, Mrs Maryam Mwinyi has lauded an initiative to mobilise community support in promoting nutrition and called on all stakeholders to back the efforts to have healthy children and mothers in the country against growing concerns of malnutrition.
She said this during a meeting at the Health and Nutrition held here over the weekend.
The initiative was spearheaded by the Zanzibar Health Ministry in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF) and the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation to promote nutrition interventions for women and children.
The meeting brought together representatives of the different organizations, women and children’s groups, to solicit their support in promoting good nutrition, reducing health complications during pregnancy, and anaemia and stunting in children caused by malnutrition.
“Let us work together to ensure women and children are aware of the importance of healthy eating.” Ms Mwinyi said that nutrition for children, and for pregnant mothers it contributes to the initial stages of growth of the child from conception, during pregnancy and after birth up to two years of age.
In addition, Mama Mariam Mwinyi explained that her organization (ZMBF) has been implementing various activities related to good health promotion in the country, including reproductive health for young adolescents and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The First Lady reminded the Ministry of Health to ensure that nutrition education is provided at the community level through Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) who are available in every Shehia (lowest administrative level of the government) in Zanzibar.
Meanwhile, Mama Mariam Mwinyi explained that from the 4th to the 8th of March this year, the ZMBF in collaboration with the Zanzibar Ministry of Health will run a free health treatment camp, aimed to reach as many as possible, through the campaign dubbed “Better Health, Better Life.”