November 16, 2017 By Dusuba Koroma
Scaling Up Nutrition Secretariat (SUN) yesterday announced that they will be organising a national nutrition fair in the southern city of Bo as part of efforts to enhance food and nutrition security.
National Coordinator of SUN, Dr Mohamed Foh, told newsmen in a press conference at Office of the Vice President that Sierra Leone became a member of the Global Scaling Up Movement in order that different stakeholders could be relied on to fight malnutrition.
According to Dr Foh, the SUN movement has inspired a new way of working collaboratively to end malnutrition in all its forms, adding that the initiative is being led by the Government and supported by multiple stakeholders.
He said the movement has mobilised an unprecedented political will to improve the nutritional status of women and children nationwide.
“Further to the government’s commitment to the Global Movement on reducing hunger and malnutrition, the SUN Secretariat in collaboration with Civil Society Platform, Private Sector, donor partners-Irish Aid and the United Nation families UNICEF, FAO, WFP and WHO, is planning to hold a National Nutrition Fair to support government effort to end hunger and malnutrition as well as improving access to health systems in Sierra Leone,” he said.
He further disclosed that earlier this year the SUN Secretariat and partners decided that the Nutrition Fair should be an annual event so as to give prominence to nutrition.
He said the fair would shine the spotlight on interventions that highlight national efforts to end hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, which includes the promotion of preventive approaches to malnutrition such as the promotion of good infant and young child feeding practices; promotion of healthy eating habits; consumption of nutritious locally produced foods and the promotion of positive health seeking behaviours.
“The initiative will also ensure that every part of the country, every mother, child and family realises their full potentials and right not only to food but also to health services,” he said.
The event will be held at the Bo Mini Stadium from 23rd to 25th November on the theme ‘No child should die of malnutrition’, he disclosed.