MAKAMBA, Oct 5 (ABP) – The Nkuriza project financed by the World Bank through the Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS supports 5,288 families with children under 5 years old with diseases linked to malnutrition.
In addition to the provision of seeds, FOMI fertilizers, vegetables, fruit trees and small livestock, those families receive teaching related to nutrition using locally produced foods. Those families are also trained in sexual reproductive health, family planning and behavior change.
The technical director of the Nkuriza project, Stanislas Nyabenda, told a check by ABP on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 during a visit to Makamba province, together with donors from the World Bank that the people must be sensitized to change of behavior. They must be trained in order to know the importance of eating foods from different kinds without forgetting to raise their awareness about producing those foods, with a view to combating hunger in families.
Among those malnourished children, some manifest acute malnutrition and are welcomed into nutritional learning and rehabilitation centers (FARN) installed in the households of light mothers (mamans lumières) where they are fed to increase their weight for 12 days. In those FARNs, parents receive lessons related to nutrition.
It is worthy to note that the Nkuriza project works in all 139 villages of Makamba province.