By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Participants of an Executive, Legislative, CSOs and Media round table on financing for nutrition rose up from their meeting in Bauchi with the need for intensifying policy advocacy to the state governor, Mohammed Abubakar on the need for prompt release of nutrition funding in the state.
A communique also stressed the need for enhanced synergy between stakeholders, the government, CSOs, Media, Civil and Religious Leaders to amplify voices, to create awareness and educate the populace on malnutrition and push for improvement in nutrition funding in the state.
To ensure a more amplified voice on nutrition funding in the state, the MDAs working on nutrition would work in synergy with CSOs working on nutrition in the state to push for nutrition funding by creating inroads for advocacy to the government and sharing of information with CSOs that would be useful for engaging stakeholders.
The communique want the media to adopt holistic approach through agenda setting to unveiling challenges bedeviling adequate and timely release of funding for nutrition
It noted that 99.9% of Bauchi indigenes have access to radio and other media channels, the media should therefore be proactive in sensitizing, informing and creating awareness on the importance of maintaining adequate nutrition status.
Mobilization and awareness creation on the use of RUTF should be carried out through PHC centers as they are closer to the people, as well as explore and source local alternatives to RUTF to address the funding gap and inconsistency of availability.
It was also resolved that civil society group should intensify advocacy for increase budgetary allocation and timely release of funds for nutrition in the state.
The Bauchi State House of Assembly through relevant legislative committees should facilitate budget(s) passage, ensure its release and effective utilization.