NGOs pledges for a more nutritional support

By Mwayi Mekemeke
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country have vowed to
reduce stunting and improve nutrition status of pregnant women and
children under the age of five through a three and a half year long
Maziko Project.

Speaking during an open day on Wednesday held at Chungu Village in the
area of T/A Njombwa, CARE Malawi Country Director Michael Rewald
assured Malawians of the organizations’ total commitment towards
ending malnutrition problems which has affected the country for so
long.pregnant women

“As everybody knows that malnutrition is greatly affecting the health
standards of children including their academic well-being, the problem
is also a hindrance in the development of this nation.
This is the reason why a nice cooperation, hard work and full support
from the NGOs would help in making this project a success,” said
Michael.

He further said through home gardens, modern methods of farming and
good hygiene systems which the villagers are being taught to practice,
people’s welfare would continue to improve regardless of the project
coming to an end in 2015.
In her remarks, District Commissioner (DC) for Kasungu, Siphiwe Mauwa,
thanked the organisations for their timely interventions in ensuring
that people in rural areas do enjoy their day-to-day lives.
“Let me call all beneficiaries to still practice what they are
learning so that they continue leaving a healthier life. Whatever is
being done in these two districts, are all in line with the
government’s commitment through the Malawi Development Goals Strategy
(MDG’s),” Mauwa explained.

The Maziko Project is being implemented by three organisations; CARE
Malawi, Malawi Enterprise Zone Association (MALEZA) and Mponera Aids
Information and Counseling Centre (MAICC).

It is being funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
and is running in Kasungu and Dowa districts. And in Kasungu, 4
Traditional Authorities (T/A) namely Njombwa, Lukwa, Kaomba and Mwase
are benefiting from the project.
The project started in April 2012 and is expected to wind up come June 2015