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East Africa Nutrition Report to be Launched

Billy Rwothungeyo
A baby with acute malnutrition receives care at a hospital in Somalia

The Global Nutrition Report East Africa launch is slated on Friday in the Tanzanian coastal city of Dar es Salaam. The regional launch of the report follows the global launch that was held in November last year at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome.

“This report is the first of its kind that gives us a well-researched and integrated picture of the challenge of nutrition,” says Baguma Tinkasiimire Richard, the coordinator of the Uganda Health Communication Alliance ahead of the launch.

“It also disaggregates national statistical data to give you the picture of how each country is faring. This report is also an extremely useful tool for mobilization,” he says. The Uganda Health Communication Alliance will be represented at this launch. “We need to bring these issues at the regional forum. The national teams should then replicate measures to combat nutrition back at home.”

“We also need to break down some of the terminologies associated with nutrition so that people can appreciate them better. What is stunting in Luganda, Ateso and Runyankole?” Karamoja region it the North Eastern part of Uganda has some of the most malnourished children in the East African region, according to the State of East Africa 2013 report.

Flanked by Northeastern Burundi and the Dodoma region in Tanzania, the three regions are responsible for the bulk of the 10 million children who are malnourished in East Africa. “Malnutrition in East Africa manifests itself most clearly in underweight and stunted children. It also has long-term effects, both for the life prospects of the child and for their country as a whole,” the report says.

In bid to arrest the alarming malnutrition rates in Uganda, the then Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi last year announced that government will start assessing performance on nutrition indicators as part of the government performance report.

Published: May 29, 2015. By Billy Rwothungeyo

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