Nigerian children to benefit from UK grant to combat malnutrition
Abuja, September 2011 - On September 29 in Abuja, Head of Dfid in Nigeria, Mr. Richard Montgomery, and Representative of UNICEF Nigeria, Dr. Suomi Sakai, signed a memorandum of understanding to combat child malnutrition in Nigeria. Under this agreement, called Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Nutrition in Northern Nigeria, UNICEF will be the custodian of £26,100,000 (Naira 6,812,100,000) destined for programs and activities to improve the nutritional status of children in Northern Nigeria where half of children under the age of five are stunted and one in five children suffers from acute malnutrition.
Nutrition is an important element of a child’s survival and development and for children under five, it is critical. UNICEF is very grateful and honored to add this project to our strong and strategic partnership with Dfid to improve the lives of children in Nigeria, said Dr. Sakai during the signing.
Malnutrition remains an underlying factor in about one third of Nigerian child deaths and communities in the Northern parts of Nigeria are among the worst affected. Therefore, the cooperation agreement focuses on five states and 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the North. Launching on October 1st, the project will span a six-year period until October 2017.
To secure a broad partnership for children, UNICEF will carry out this program in partnership with international NGOs Save the Children UK and Action against Hunger (ACF) which have separate but aligned funding agreements with Dfid.