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EMPLOYERS ASKED TO TRAIN EXTENSION WORKERS ON MALNUTRITION

By Daniel Nsengimana

KABALE: The Executive Director Kigezi food and nutrition consultants Charles Asiimwe has asked employers of extension workers to educate them on Malnutrition.

The call was made on Monday during the five-day workshop intended to make the Kabale district Nutrition Action Plan 2022/21-2024/25 document outline. The workshop took place at Rukiko hall.

Asiimwe pleaded with the employers of extension workers mostly in the fields of tea, cocoa, sugarcanes and factories to be taught on how to use salary in buying better food to feed their children to avoid malnutrition.

‘’Employers should also provide food rich in nutrients to their extension worker’s children to avoid malnutrition,’’ he added.

According to data obtained from Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, during the lean season of 2021, February – July 2021, of the nine districts in the Karamoja region, one district has Critical levels of acute malnutrition (IPC AMN Phase 4).

Four districts have serious levels of acute malnutrition (IPC AMN Phase 3), and four districts have Alert levels of acute malnutrition (IPC AMN Phase 2).

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About 56,600 children in these nine districts are affected by acute malnutrition and need treatment.

Approximately 46,300 children are moderately malnourished, while over 10,200 children are severely malnourished.

Around 10,200 pregnant or lactating women are also acutely malnourished. Kaabong district has Critical levels of acute malnutrition with a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence of 18.6%.

Amudat, Kotido, Moroto and Napak districts have Serious levels of acute malnutrition, with GAM prevalence of 10.9%, 10.4%, 14.2% and 9.4%, respectively.

The districts with Alert levels of acute malnutrition are Abim (GAMN 6.3%), Karenga (GAM 9.6%), Nabilatuk (GAM 8%) and Nakapiripirit (GAM 8.2%).

Karenga has high levels of acute malnutrition, with a slight chance of slipping into IPC AMN Phase 3 during the projection period (August 2021 – January 2022).

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