KAMPALA- The Convener of Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition Uganda (CISANU) Richard Tinkasimire Baguma has called on the media to sensitize the public about the multiple dangers of hunger and malnutrition especially among children and mothers amidst the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Baguma asked the media to continue and concentrate much on producing meaningful content on nutrition purposely to sensitize and create awareness to the public which will contribute to the fight of ending malnutrition in Uganda.
He stressed that being key stakeholders in the fight against malnutrition in Uganda, the media has a powerful role to play when it comes to disseminating nutrition information to the masses for the adoption of good nutrition and healthy diets.
“The media has a powerful role to play when it comes to disseminating nutrition information to the masses. Being key stakeholders in the fight against malnutrition in Uganda, they should advocate for the adoption of good nutrition and healthy diets. The media ought to prioritize promotion of correct health and nutrition behavior,” Baguma emphasized.
Commenting on the recently released‘State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020’ report Baguma said that the situation in Uganda is likely to miss its projections for reducing stunting in children and anaemia among women of reproductive age as well as increasing infant breastfeeding rates.
The report estimates that nearly 690 million people (8.9% of the world population) went hungry in 2019 Uganda inclusive.
This is up by 10 million from 2018 and by nearly 60 million in five years.
He noted that over 3 Billions of people cannot afford healthy or nutritious food, according to a UN report.
The report reveals that the burden of malnutrition in all its forms continues to be a challenge. The food security and nutritional status of the most vulnerable population groups is likely to deteriorate further due to the health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.
Uganda according to the report performs relatively well against other developing countries, but still experiences an unacceptably high malnutrition burden among its under-five population.
“As of 2016, the national prevalence of under-five overweight is 3.7%, stunting 28.9% and wasting 3.5%”. Part of the report reads.
Baguma called on the media to sensitize the public about the multiple dangers of hunger and malnutrition especially among children and mothers.
“The challenge the media is now facing is fully felt with the current COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the globe, but continuing to involve them to produce meaningful content on nutrition purposed to sensitize and create awareness to the public will contribute to the fight of ending malnutrition in Uganda” he added.
The Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition Uganda (CISANU) works to strengthen the coordination of civil society stakeholders engaged in nutrition in Uganda.
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