A new multi-sectoral nutrition strategy has been started by the Ethiopian government and its partners with the goal of reducing stunting, child wasting, and maternal malnutrition in the nation. Meseret Zelalem, Director of Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, said the program is in line with the Ethiopian government’s commitment to reducing stunting and ending child malnutrition in the East African country. However, despite the progress, more than 5.8 million children under five years are affected by stunting and 1.2 million are affected by wasting, it said. The UN Children’s Fund said improving maternal nutrition is important to ensure women’s health and achieve better pregnancy and birth outcomes in Ethiopia. UNICEF stressed that given the scale of malnutrition in the country, there is an urgent need to accelerate the provision of vital nutrition services for vulnerable people.
Source: Ethiopian News July 03, 2022 05:05 UTC