The United Kingdom Aid has launched a major programme to improve the delivery of quality nutrition services across Karamoja.
The Karamoja Nutrition Programme which the UK government is investing $36 million in is aimed at helping the government of Uganda to strengthen the health system and ensure children and mothers across the region receive high quality health and nutrition services.
According to Francesca Stidston the Acting Head office for the United Kingdom’s department for international development in Uganda, the program will support all district local governments in Karamoja.
“All district local governments will be supported to develop the skills of nutrition and health workers; improve the treatment of acute malnutrition in hospitals, health centres and communities; generate evidence to improve the design of nutrition services; procure and manage quality nutrition supplies; and provide more effective nutrition leadership and coordination across all Government departments and partners” Stidston said.
He also added that the program will also support to prevent, control of malaria in the region and also contribute to improving the health and nutrition outcomes for the people off Karaamoja.
Stidston said that the UK government is pleased to launch the Karamoja Nutrition Program and hope that will change many lives in the region.
According to World Health Organization 84 percent of people in Karamoja are unable to afford a nutritious daily diet, 45 percent of households have limited access to food and over half of all households have diversity in their diet.
Malnutrition has for long been a major impediment to Karamoja’s development, underling the health and economic prospects of the population.
UNICEF’S representative in Uganda Dr Doreen Mulenga said that considering more than 1 in 3 children in Karamoja experience stunted development due to malnutrition, this programme is timely in that it will help to ensure that children access higher quality nutrition services, which are essential to their survival and healthy development.