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Nutrition in Nigeria - What Gaps Persist? Highlights from an Interview with Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist for USAID

Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was in Nigeria in September, and in an interview with Nigeria Health Watch, he shared his insights on Nigeria’s progress in ending malnutrition and offered key recommendations to bridge persistent gaps. Mr. Baker reflected on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and […]

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Thought Leadership Series

The Best Start in Life: Getting Exclusive Breastfeeding Right

By Kenneth Ibe and Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writers) Nutrition is a vital component of infant and young child development, and a major determinant of short and long-term health outcomes in children. The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) state that the most critical period for good nutrition is from the start […]

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Torchlight Africa

Zimbabwe’s Integrated Approach to Tackling Malnutrition

By Farai Shawn Matiashe (Lead Writer) Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has exacerbated malnutrition among children in the country. In Harare and Bulawayo provinces, GOAL Zimbabwe, in partnership with the two City Councils and the Health Ministry, is helping to improve child nutrition by training nurses and mothers to identify malnutrition early and providing cash transfers to […]

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Torchlight Series

One Square Meal a Day – Home-Grown Feeding Programme Keeping Niger State Children in School

By Kenneth Ibe and Ikemefuna Igwe (Lead Writers) In 2017, the Federal Government of Nigeria introduced the home-grown school feeding programme (HGSFP) in primary schools across the country. The programme provides one square meal every day to pupils in public primary schools, with the aim of encouraging school attendance, combating malnutrition and promoting local economic […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Nutrition in Children: Getting it Right Early

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ― Ann Wigmore Malnutrition is one of the leading drivers of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and it can be linked to poor dietary intake and nutritional deficiency in childhood and adolescence. According to the World […]

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Torchlight Series

ANRiN: Offering Cost-effective Nutritional Services to Pregnant and Lactating Women in Kaduna State

In Maraban Jos, a densely populated community in Igabi Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, Kadijah Maiwada, a Community Health Worker (CHW) was visiting Ummulkhairi Musa and Hasiya Muhammad. Musa is a 39-year-old mother of six and Muhammad, an 18-year-old mother of one. While Musa is pregnant with her seventh child, Muhammad has a […]

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Torchlight Series

Feed well to learn well: How home-grown school feeding strategies improve nutrition and learning outcomes across Nigeria

“A child that doesn’t feed well cannot learn well”. Isaac Success, Dreams from the Slum. Isaac Success is the founder of Dreams from the Slum, a community-based organisation operating out of Ajegunle in Lagos State. Success went to school without food and his experience inspired him to add a school feeding program to the tuition-free school […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Health Seeking Behaviours of Food Vendors Influence the Burden of Food-Borne Diseases in Nigeria

Nnewi (Anambra State) — The sun is dressed in her best attire on Tuesday morning, after the heavy rains at night, to welcome resilient traders and businesspersons who are about their duties despite the weather changes. Hooting horns from motorcycles are the most familiar sounds anyone will hear in Nkwo Nnewi ultramodern market, the largest vehicle spare […]

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Press Release

CHI Limited Promotes Dairy Consumption with Hollandia Dairy Day

May 18, 2021 – Lagos, Nigeria – Leading dairy brand, Hollandia, has held the maiden edition of its Hollandia Dairy Day. This event is a public interest initiative undertaken by CHI Limited, makers of the Hollandia brand, to raise awareness about the nutritious value of dairy products and how daily consumption plays a key role […]

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Make it look good - How perception adjustment for local foods can impact malnutrition in Nigeria

Four-year-old Terwase is not in school yet, so he often goes with his mother to the market where she has a small trinkets shop. Terwase gets hungry during the day, and the hot and dry Abuja weather makes him cranky. When they make sales, his mother buys him ‘puff puff’ from Mama Ben down the […]

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Torchlight Series

A village to nourish a child: FHI360 community structures provide nutrition for children in Borno

With the insurgency disrupting not just the health sector, but economic, social, and political life in Northeastern Nigeria, accessing quality nutritious food for mothers and their children has been made more difficult due to the persistent humanitarian condition. A recent report shows that about 7.1 million people are in need. As incidents of insecurity keep […]

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NHW Events

Virtual Nutrition Conference: Harnessing Innovative Financing Options for Nutrition – Unraveling the Bottlenecks

Response committees set up to address the COVID-19 pandemic in many instances have sidelined existing structures that champion nutrition and food security. Yet it is more critical now than it was before for multisectoral nutrition actors to take and support key actions to protect the nutritionally vulnerable groups, given the importance of nutrition in national […]

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#FundNutritionNG - Reviewing Nigeria’s National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition (2014–2019)

By Atinuke Akande-Alegbe and Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead Writers) As part of efforts to improve Nigeria’s nutrition statistics, a National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition (NSPAN) was devised for implementation between 2014 and 2019. It is a follow-on to other strategic documents including Vision 20:2020 and the National Strategic Health Development Plan for 2009 to […]

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Nutrition Torchlight Series

Partnerships for better nutrition in Kaduna State: The Alive & Thrive Model

Malnutrition is a direct or underlying cause of 45% of all deaths of under-five children, and Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children in the world, with an estimated 2 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Only two out of every 10 children affected is currently reached with treatment. Only 17% […]