Nutrition and family wellness.
The prevalence of chronic malnutrition in Uganda among children under 5 years of age, which was about 38%, places the country at a high level of malnutrition, among countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
In Uganda in general and in West Nile sub-region in particular, malnutrition is the underlying cause of death in nearly 60% and 25%, in infant and maternal deaths respectively. A lack of nutrition leaves children’s bodies starved of crucial minerals, vitamins, proteins and fat, which means their brains and bodies do not develop properly.
According to Food and Agricultural Organization, (FAO), 26% of children under the age of 5 years are stunted and 31% suffer from vitamin A deficiency, in poor countries around the world.
According to a report in Lancet medical journal, malnutrition is responsible for 45% of global deaths of children under 5 years of age. While a United Nations’ report estimates that malnutrition could cost the world $3.5 trillion or $500 for every person, in healthcare and lost productivity.
It is estimated that over three quarters of Africa’s malnourished children live on small rural farms, where nearly 43% of Agricultural work is carried out by women, which is typical of the West Nile sub-region of north western Uganda.
This has been known to create additional burden on women’s health and wellness, thus further exacerbating the vicious cycle of poverty.
“If maternal and child malnutrition can be optimized, the benefits will accrue and extent over generations, which is why we must work together now and seize this opportunity” (Dr. Richard Horton, Editor in Chief, the Lancet.)
Therefore critical food based strategies are needed to improve the nutritional quality of the diet. One of the ways to do this more effectively is to have a better access to local food markets, community education and skills training, on good nutrition and improved access to vital resources, which would enable more families to afford nutritional food varieties, with which to properly feed their households on regular basis and in a sustainable way.
We at Project Green Villages Africa Institute strongly believe that, it is just not enough to achieve or have food security alone, as a means to an end. We will work with local communities and strive to ensure that all families have equitable and unobstructed access to the right types of food varieties, which are nutritious and healthy to feed their families on.
To achieve this, we want to work with all stake holders, including different communities and other informed partners, such as civil society groups, local and central governments, to ensure that all families have unhindered access to the right kinds of education and skills training programs, which teach and inform communities about all aspects of clean and safe water, adequate and sustainable sanitation, proper methods of selection, arranging, cleaning, preparation/cooking and serving balanced and nutritious foods for their families and a wealth of knowledge about better and safe practices in family hygiene, wellness and fitness.
We will sponsor and encourage regular participation in community sports activities, social and cultural events. A healthy community is a wealthy community, regardless.