SHIPO STANDS TO CURB MALNUTRITION
The 53.6% stunting rate as far as child nutrition status is referred in the Tanzania National Nutrition Survey 2018 led to Njombe regional nutrition office assembling a special meeting to purposely evaluate the implementation of the regional contract in addressing malnutrition and stunting among children in Njombe. The meeting was held on the 13th February 2020 at Open University of Tanzania (OUT-Njombe) conference hall. The nutrition contract implementation for the period from July to December 2019 was evaluated during the meeting that was chaired by the Njombe Regional Administrative Secretary Ms. Katarina Revocati
SHIPO was among the invited stakeholders in this important meeting where it firmly stood to defend its nutrition programs in the 20 schools it supports. The SHIPO representatives (Nemes Temba ‘MAMMIE Project Coordinator’ and Sola Daudi ‘CDO’) pointed out the programs to include school gardens, avocado plantations and kitchen with dining halls facilities.
Although the country nutrition improvement contract has been in place since 19th December 2017; the malnutrition rates have been alarming in some regions including Njombe. However, efforts to curb it indicate a good move in the region. This calls for stakeholders collective efforts to ensure nutrition is prioritized not only in our mere education endeavors but practically in our daily chores.