The Catholic Health Commission (CHC) of the Diocese of Lilongwe says the problem of malnutrition can be dealt with if local councils have good human resource capacity.
The call was made by CHC project manager Chawanangwa Phiri recently at the end of a two-day capacity building workshop for district nutrition coordinating committee (DNCC) for Salima.
“Catholic Commission is implementing a nutrition project in a number of districts including Salima.
“One component is to build the capacity of the council staff to enhance their efficiency as they support in the implementation of various nutrition interventions taking place in the district,” Phiri said.
Phiri said that malnutrition remains a major challenge in the country especially among under five children, as a result of either food shortages or poor eating habits and or diet.
In an interview, Senior Nutrition and HIV Officer Luscious Njobvu commended CHC for providing training to the officers.
“These officers are involved not only in monitoring the project, but also training of extension workers on the ground, so this training will give them ability to undertake the tasks on behalf of the council,” said Njobvu.
Nutrition Officer at Salima District Health Office Kingsley Chizeze said that nutrition interventions have helped reduce cases of deaths and hospital admission due to malnutrition.
“Although I do not have readily available statistics, but the DHO has seen a tremendous reduction of cases of admissions or treatment for malnutrition related ailments since the council started intensifying community sensitization on nutrition,” Chizeze said.
Government with support from various donors, through local and international nongovernmental organizations is implementing two nutrition programs namely Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) 1000 special days and Support for Nutrition Component (SNIC) across the country.