Malnutrition: Journalists to Explore SDGs Component in Reportage

By Alex Uangbaoje, Abuja

Nigeria Journalists covering malnutrition and other child killers related issues, has agreed to henceforth, explore key components of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that sort to address the plights of women, children and other vulnerable groups by promoting them to bring requisite solutions to address the issues.

Their focus, according to them, will be goal 1: No Poverty, 2 Zero Hunger, 3 Good Health and Well-being, 5 Gender Equality, 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, 10 Reduced Inequality and 14 Life Below Water.

The over 30 journalists reached the resolution at the end of a 3-day media in Abuja, that started Monday 29th to 31st October 2018, tagged “Journalists’ Role in Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in Allocation and Use of Health/Nutrition Funds in Nigeria”, organized by the Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) under her Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition Systems (PINNS) project.

CS-SUNN is a non-governmental, non-profit making coalition, made up of organizations with a shared vision to transform Nigeria into a country where every citizen has food and is nutrition secured.

CS-SUNN is presently implementing the Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition Systems (PINNS), a project designed to strengthen the Nigeria nutrition systems to be more Result- driven, Effective, Serviceable, Efficient and Transparent (RESET) in delivering on their mandate. The project is to be implemented in five states namely; Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Lagos and Nasarawa.

The media practitioners, also tasked stakeholders such as; government, the media, CSOs, care givers, donor agencies etc on the need to place emphasis on preventive other than curative measures in their malnutrition campaign.

They stressed the need for the media to get enough information aimed at addressing nutrition issues, so they can hold government and policy makers accountable for their commitments, adding, “media should put nutrition at the front burner and influence policy decisions through their reportage for improved nutrition interventions.”

The participants pledged to double their effort in sensitizing women on the need to exclusively breastfeed their children especially in the first six (6) months of life, without addition of water and two years in addition to adequate complementary feeding.

They charged the government to scale up and sustain existing interventions on nutrition, while media continue to intensify campaign towards behavioral change, especially for men to support exclusive breastfeeding.

In order to accelerate the reduction of malnutrition that is taking the lives of over 2000 children under five years of age on daily basis and killing over 145 women of child bearing age die daily in Nigeria, the media practitioners, therefore called for male/husband involvement and support towards exclusive breastfeeding.

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