Infant and Young Child Feeding Committee Nutrition Program
Project Launch: 1/26/17
In Zambia, 45% of children under the age of five are stunted, 15% are underweight, and 5% are wasted. This sad reality has motivated one rural village to develop its own comprehensive feeding program in accordance with a national model that is being rolled out to address malnutrition in Zambian children. This project calls for the purchase of 9 goats and starter seed stock in order to cultivate and raise potential sources of protein, macronutrients, and micronutrients for the area's malnourished children.
Project Update: 6/27/17
Seeds for the home gardens have been distributed to their participants so that cultivation of nutrient-dense plants can begin. In addition, it was decided that chickens will be used as the source of animal protein as they are easier to maintain and provide food outputs (eggs) more consistently than goats (milk).
“I'm Moses Mubanga, the IYCF Chairperson at the Rural Health Center in Chileshya. I'm talking about Under 5. We have visited all the zones to see that the children are being weighed. After that is where you find some malnourished children. There we try to counsel the mothers to give the children proper foods that can keep them healthy.”
– Moses, Project Leader
“Our Infant and Young Child Feeding Committee Nutrition Program has been one of the highlights of my service. While it is hard to attribute impact on the nutritional status of our catchment area to this project (due to a range of other compounding factors, such as the seasonality of locally available foods, disease, income, etc.), I can attest to the capacity building of IYCF Committee members as a result of our project. Most specifically, all the malnourished children that now present at Under 5s are identified, counselled, and recorded for follow-up by IYCF members. In my opinion, this sense of empowerment and self-reliance is the key step to improving nutrition and overall livelihood in the long-run.”
– Kate, Peace Corps Volunteer
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