The North Bank Regional Technical Advisory Committees (NBR-TAC) were recently sensitised on the mid-term review of the National Nutrition Policy 2010-2020.
The sensitisation was conducted by officials of the National Nutrition Agency (NANA) at a ceremony held in Kerewan.
Speaking at the forum, Malang Fofana, the Deputy Director of the National Nutrition Agency, underscored the importance of the sensitisation in promoting closer working relations with the Technical Advisory Committees on information sharing of NaNA activities and plans to enhance coordination.
Fofana stated that the country has taken giant strides in addressing malnutrition, but is still experiencing the double burden of malnutrition.
NaNA deputy director expressed concern on the prevalence rate of anemia among pregnant mothers and called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders.
He further noted that diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cancer are on the increase and attributed it mainly to change in dietary habits and lifestyle.
Fofana indicated that the Food and Nutrition sub-component of Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Result Project (MCHNRP), is aimed at ensuring that communities affected with malnutrition are provided with support that would enhance food production, availability and livestock breeding.
He thus called on the Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock to support them with technical advice that would enhance food production and productivity.
Investing in nutrition, he went on, improves development, school performance and by extension serves as the building block of human capital, thereby contributing to economic development.
Njagga Khan, Regional Community Development Officer, who doubles as the Secretary to NBR Technical Advisory Committee, assured of their support and cooperation towards the implementation of food and nutrition security component in the region.
This he added, would promote the health of mothers and children.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow &