TOGETHER WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION, IT HAS BEEN LAUNCHED THE PROJECT TO IMPROVE
MOTHER AND CHILD NUTRITION IN THE MIGORI COUNTY IN KENYA
Together with the European Union and our partners – Dala Kiye Children Welfare Home and Kenya Red Cross Society – we have officially launched the new project to improve mother and child nutrition in Migori County in Kenya.
The project, involving 14,500 inhabitants, living in 14 communities at Migori -11,000 children of which are attending nursery and primary schools – intends to significantly contribute to improve mother and child nutrition until the child is 5 . Particular attention is given to the expectant mother and her child until he/she is 5 years old.
The expectant mother-and-child’ s nutrition is very important, In order that the child’s brain correctly develops and the baby grows-up healthily with a sound immune system. In fact, children and their mothers should have a proper, good nutrition during that stage of life, when malnutrition could irreversibly affect the child’s brain development and his/her body growth. All that might increase the risk for the individual to contract heart complaints, diabetes, and some forms of cancer in later life.
“Given our vision and mission we are very involved in Kenya in projects that improve maternal and child health and in general women and children situation.” said Annarita Spagnuolo, WeWorld representative in Kenya “is through concrete projects in health and education, as well as advocacy actions at the central level and in the counties, we seek to bring about change in policies and in their implementation to ensure that children and women see an improvement in conditions of their life .”
Improve the living conditions of the mother and child entails a strong commitment to the fight against child mortality.
The project was presented together with the European Union last September 14 in front of more than 1,000 people in the community and several Ministers of the County. An important moment for our organization to sensitize women – and the whole community – that it is important to start thinking about the health of the child from the moment of conception, and increase awareness of the Government on the establishment and implementation of policies in favour of women and children, together with the adequate allocation of financial resources.
A first step to give women an awareness of the importance of access to assistance.