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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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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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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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Thought Leadership Series

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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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% […]

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Nutrition Torchlight Series

Saving 10K - Empowering Nigerian mothers with local options for child nutrition

Six months have passed, the journey is finally over! You have managed to exclusively breastfeed your baby as recommended by all the health experts and you’re a hero! Now you can rest. Or so you think, until you suddenly realise that you now need to understand your baby’s nutritional needs, now that they may not […]

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Nutrition Torchlight Series

A Different Kind of Charity; Empowering Orphanages to Fight Malnutrition in the FCT

Orphanages are not uncommon in Nigeria and across different parts of the globe. The United Nations Convention on the rights of the child makes it clear that a child has the right to care and protection if they are adopted or in foster care. It also stipulates that a child has the right to special […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

One Meal a Day – a Community led School Feeding Programme that solves other Health Problems

Try studying on an empty stomach. This is the reality of millions of school children in Nigeria today. When Professor Uche Amazigo retired after many years of public service, she brought a few partners together to form the Pan-African Community Initiative on Education and Health (PACIEH). PACIEH is designed to enable rural communities manage a […]