By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
No fewer than 110,000 households drawn from five states in the federation have benefited immensely from the DFID founded Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) in the last six years of DFID founded programme, the Head of Communications of Action Against Hunger, Mal. Sabiu Suleiman has hinted.
Speaking to our correspondent while outlining the overall view of the group, he stated that Action Against Hunger partners with Save the Children (SCI) and UNICEF to improve mother and child nutrition in five states namely Yobe, Jigawa, Zamfara, Katsina, and Kebbi by scaling up nutrition services, as well raising the political profile of undernutrition.
Action Against Hunger coordinates with the state Ministry of Health to implement WINNN activities to both Yobe and Jigawa states, adding under the WINNN program, Action Against Hunger provides support to reform the Jigawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) nutrition, among other health related issues.
According to him, through the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP), Action Against Hunger partners with SCI to provide pregnant women and women with children under two cash transfers for supplemental nutrition support, along side with nutrition education and counseling.
In addition to improving food security, there is another programme, IYCF practices through behavior change communications (BCC s), this program generate evidence towards supporting nutrition sensitive on social protection policy development that can be scaled up at both national and state levels.
Action Against Hunger currently supports Jigawa State to draft a specific social protection policy and its implementation.
Furthermore, he added that apart from improving nutrition, Action Against Hunger addresses the underlying causes of food insecurity, delivers emergency goods and nutrition support and restores livelihoods through locally procured food distribution, food vouchers and cash based transfers.
Others are boosting of income generating activities and supporting small and medium business revival with trainings and provision of conditional cash transfers, offering train on business management and accounting, micro-gardening training and provision of inputs, agricultural recovery support delivered through trainings on vegetable production and pest management and provision of inputs, among others.
On Water, sanitation and hygiene, Action Against Hunger reduces malnutrition cases by improving access to safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene promotion through construction and rehabilitation of water points, construction and rehabilitation of sanitation and bathing facilities, training of water users and equipping with tools, distribution of emergency and water treatment supplies, among other services that will raise the status of the housed communities.