In an effort to reduce malnutrition and stunted growth of children in the country, ministry of health on Friday introduced micro nutrient powder sachets called Mix Me Powder as an intervention in curbing malnutrition problems amongst children aged between 6 and 24 months.
The free distributed Mix Me Powder sachets also called ‘Ndisakanizeni’ in local language, contains Vitamin A and Iodine which will be added to staple foods when feeding children.
According to the chief nutrition officer from ministry of health, Frank Msiska most children aged between 6 and 24 months in Malawi are not fed appropriately, hence not having enough required essential micro nutrients.
Msiska stated that the introduction of the micro nutrients powder is to increase the quality, quantity and the frequency of food consumption amongst the targeted children.
“This intervention is cheaper than what we did in 2013 through National Micro Nutrient Strategy by making sure that factory food products such as cooking oil, sugar and bread are fortified with Vitamin A, the approach could not benefit each and every child because they had to buy the products to access these micro nutrients,” said Msiska.
He said through the programme, the mothers and care givers will be given Ndisakanizeni sachets for free to add to locally available food.
“The Mix me powder has the potential of fighting against malnutrition because it has several vitamins which protect children from diseases and improve child mental and physical development,” he said.
The distribution of Mix Me micro nutrient sachets is expected to roll out next month (June) starting with Ntcheu and Nkhatabay districts.