CS-SUNN Advocates Media Support for IYCF
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Concerned by the malnutrition situation in Kaduna State, the Civil Society-Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), Kaduna State Chapter, organized a one day Media engagement meeting on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Practice under the Sun Movement Pooled Fund Window II Project.
Kaduna Chapter Coordinator, Jessica Bartholomew, in her remarks, noted that “malnutrition among women and children continues to remain a major challenge to health and human development of the citizens in Kaduna State”.
According to her, the media engagement became necessary because of the critical role they play in informing, enlightening, educating and sensitizing the public.
“As key stakeholders in improving the nutrition situation especially as it relates to women and children in the state, it is important you support ongoing efforts by health workers and community volunteers in sensitising and mobilising community members, parents, and caregivers on the importance of IYCF.
She called on the media to complement the efforts of State Government in improving Infant and Young Child Feeding.
Jessica said, proper and reliable infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices have been shown to improve child health and development, because the first 1,000 days of a child’s life offer an exclusive opportunity to prevent undernutrition and its effects.
She further added that CS-SUNN has greatly impacted Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices in Kaduna State as a result of their Advocacy that focus on the four components of IYCF: early initiation, exclusive breastfeeding, appropriate complementary feeding and proper hygiene practices.
“The present administration in the state has demonstrated significant commitment in tackling the malnutrition and health situation even as the NDHS survey of 2018 puts the stunting rate of children in Kaduna state at 50.5% accounting to a death rate of 3 out of every 10 children (NDHS 2018).” She added.