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How Nutrition Without Borders can solve the malnutrition problem?
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Malnutrition, an entrenched problem
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6.9 million Children need you

How Nutrition Without Borders can solve the malnutrition problem?

600 mothers and 800 children under 5 years are the direct beneficiaries of the “Improving the community gardens of the Upper River Region, Gambia Republic” project. The aim of it, is to increase food security for the mothers and children through training and improving the infrastructure of the selected community gardens of the Upper River Region, in the Republic of Gambia.

Malnutrition is an “entrenched problem” in some countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, and Gambia is not an exception. In the Upper River Region there are 206.588 inhabitants and 22% of child malnutrition. Nutrition Without Borders has found the way of solving it, through training and improving infrastructures to make people, especially mothers, aware of the big problem they and their children have.

But, what exactly they will do to make it possible?

The NGO Nutrition Without Borders will do with your contribution the following activities:

1 Workshop to train Community Rural Agents in farming and irrigation techniques to improve the performance of community gardens.
16 Workshops of the Community Rural Agents to mothers of the four community gardens in selected farming techniques, irrigation techniques, food preservation, etc.
Construction of 4 bantabas (traditional buildings), one in each community garden, to shelter from the strong sunshine, designed to: facilitate breastfeeding and feeding of infants and children, ensure the storage of utensils and tools, as used as training room, meeting and rest.
Provide non-hybrid seeds (genetically engineered seeds that can be replanted) in order to support the promotion of sustainable crops with high nutritional content especially vitamin A and iron.
Provide tools and implements necessary for mothers to facilitate working in community gardens.
Provide the necessary building materials for filling of wells and thus ensure the supply of water to crops and to repair the perimeter fence of community gardens to prevent access to livestock not held.
Supply of four hand pumps, one for garden, to provide mothers water extraction wells.
Supply of organic fertilizer to communities to improve substrate conditions.
Provide necessary protection products for pest prevention at the four community gardens.
Implement the project of the seeds bank to preserve native species in the area.

There is a lot of work to do, and there is not too much time. The whole aim is to help accomplish one of the main Human Rights, the right of having access to a healthy diet. Without it, the population can’t grow in good conditions: children do not develop in the right way and they are more exposed to illnesses.

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Malnutrition, an entrenched problem

Malnutrition is common among young children in developing countries. Often it is caused by poor infant weaning practices.

Related to a study made by UNICEF in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2011, an estimated 165 million children under five years of age worldwide were stunted (i.e., low height-for-age), a decrease from an estimated 253 million similar children in 1990. High prevalence levels of stunting among children under five years of age in Africa (36% in 2011) and Asia (27% in 2011) remain a public health problem, one which often goes unrecognized. In 2011, an estimated 101 million children under five years of age worldwide were underweight (i.e., low weight-for-age), a decrease from an estimated 159 million similar children in 1990. Although the prevalence of stunting and underweight among children under five years of age worldwide have decreased since 1990, overall progress is insufficient and millions of children remain at risk. Often, this high level of malnutrition in these early years is caused by poor infant weaning practices.

The Republic of The Gambia, situated on the western coast of Africa, forms a narrow enclave in the Republic of Senegal except for a short seaboard on the Atlantic coastline. The population, very young, is now predominantly urban. Nevertheless agriculture remains a key sector of The Gambia’s economy and is the source of livelihood for more than three-quarters of the population. Economic performance has improved, but as yet, this has not translated into reduced poverty, which remains widespread and severe, with about 60% of the population below the poverty line.

Although a slight improvement has been observed since 2000, infant and under-five mortality rates remain high. A high maternal mortality ratio is also observed. Access to health facilities is relatively good, but poor quality of services reduces the effectiveness of the health system. Nevertheless, immunization coverage among children is expanding.

Nutrition Without Borders NGO is aware of this situation and this is why they are presenting this project in Worldcoo’s website. This project is part of the context of an overall strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by maternal and child malnutrition in the same region (206.588 inhabitants and 22% of child malnutrition).

Source: WHO, FAO, UNICEF.

6.9 million Children need you

Every year 6.9 million children do not live for their 5th birthday. Malnutrition is one of its most important causes: it contributes to 1/3 of these deaths. That means 2.3 million children die per year as a consequence of malnutrition, because it provokes high risk of disease besides other symptoms.

Worldcoo is aware of that, and wants to take care of it. It is looking for a solution because these children have the chance to celebrate their 5th birthday. And their 6th. And their 7th. And following.

This is why Worldcoo has met the NGO Nutrition Without Borders who, in a few, is presenting a new project in Worldcoo’s platform. The aim of this project is to increase food security for the mothers and children through training and improving the infrastructure of the selected community gardens of the Upper River Region, Republic of The Gambia.

This project is part of the context of an overall strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by maternal and child malnutrition in the same region (206.588 inhabitants and 22% of child malnutrition). Tomorrow you will find all the information in Worldcoo’s website.

Worldcoo and Nutrition Without Borders NGO did their work. Now it’s your turn.

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