BUJUMBURA October 22nd (ABP) – The First Lady of Burundi and Chairperson of the organization of the First Ladies of Africa (OPDAD) -Burundi, Angeline Ndayishimiye closed on Wednesday October 20, 2021, in Bujumbura, the national forum of women leaders on malnutrition, organized by OPDAD-Burundi from October 19 to 20 to mobilize women leaders to get involved in reducing the prevalence of malnutrition in all its forms.
The OPDAD-Burundi chairperson informed that during the two days of the said meeting, certain themes including the nutritional situation in Burundi, in Africa and in the world, nutrition in women and children, the impact of malnutrition on the socio-economic development of the country have been developed. As a result of the discussions on these different themes, recommendations were formulated for the various actors involved in the nutrition sector in general and for women leaders in particular, to combine their efforts in order to eradicate the malnutrition in Burundi. The recommendations were made to the women leaders. These are in particular the supervision of rural women, the combination of efforts to contribute to the attainment of zero malnutrition by 2025 for children under five years old, the sensitization of communities on the importance of balanced diet for pregnant or breastfeeding women and for children under five.
The OPDAD-Burundi Chairperson reaffirmed her commitment to support the government so that the sustainable development goals it has set for itself are a reality in the country.
In the final declaration read by the secretary of OPDAD-Burundi, the women leaders pledged to ensure that malnutrition remains a national priority by integrating it into all policies and development programs of the country, to ensure that malnutrition remains a national priority. the adoption and implementation of laws and regulations in favor of nutrition including maternal protection, advocate for the adaptation and harmonization of nutrition and food security courses in the training program for all levels. They also pledged to advocate for the establishment of a training program for professionals in nutrition, baccalaureate level, to supervise rural women with a view to their effective economic empowerment for good nutrition, to contribute to the production-transformation-distribution and promotion of the consumption of fortified and bio-fortified foods, and to get people to change behavior by promoting good nutritional practices at all levels.
The women leaders then determined to ensure the mobilization and involvement of young people and adolescents in nutrition education and the fight against malnutrition to promote intergenerational transfer and to ensure that family planning is at the center of fighting against malnutrition. Note that the ceremonies ended with the exchange of gifts between the two First Ladies.