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Advocacy key to bridging nutrition gaps

By Cosmas Chimaliro – Mana.

Civil Society Organisation on Nutrition Advocacy (CSONA) says it will leave no stone unturned to ensure women and children of under-five have attained improved nutritional status in Mzimba District through advocacy.

CSONA district focal person for Mzimba, Christopher Melele made the remarks Wednesday in Mzimba during district nutrition coordinating committee (DNNC) meeting.

“Sectors at district level and community structures will be provided with capacity to analyse the nutrition budgets focusing on women and under-five children.

“This is possible through provision of knowledge on District Development Plans (DDPs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Malawi Growth and Development Strategy MGDS),” he said.

He said knowledgeable sectors and community structures are the ones that can advocate for increased nutritional budget for women and children’s welfare.

Melele said CSONA which gets support from United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) was founded in 2013 and in 2019 started operating in 15 districts in Malawi, proactively advocating for sustainable improvement in nutritional knowledge for a productive Malawian.

In Mzimba CSONA is working with SAVE the Children in Traditional Authority M’mbelwa with a population of 231,794 people, targeting 51,509 households.

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