MPs shocked with malnutrition levels in Malawi caused by food shortages

Members of Parliament who converged at Lilongwe Hotel were shocked with acute malnutrition in under-five children caused by food shortages.

MPs  shocked with level sof malnutrition in Malawi
MPs shocked with level sof malnutrition in Malawi

Budget analysis by Civil Society Organization Nutrition Alliance invited the members of Parliament from various subcommittees in order for them to appreciate the levels of malnutrition in the country.

In the same meeting CSONA gave a detailed presentation where it was revealed that 73 % of programme funding at the Ministry of Gender, Disability, Children, and Social Welfare,  is used for salaries and emoluments.

Presenting the findings to budgetary committee of parliament,   CSONA official, January Mvula said only 20% of program support is being spen ont Social and economic empowerment.

“While only 10% is spent on  gender mainstreaming. This. Money is too little to fight malnutrition,” said  Mvula.

Mvula queried about K317Million allocated to early child development saying “There is nothing on the ground that we can show that the money has been used.”

Mvula said most of the ECD programs at the ministry is being run by different donors on off budget arrangement.

Mvula said their analysis has also revealed that money which the ministry gave to the ministry of education science and technology, to implement educational programmes is also said to have been handed over to treasury bringing further complications on the whereabouts of the money.

In  his presentation, Mvula  reminded Malawi Government on various commitment on nutrition.

“Government promised to increased budget allocation from 01.0% to 0.3% by 2020 increasing budget transparency to nutrition by 2014.”

In an interview, CSONA advocacy officer, Joseph Gausi said, currently 1.4 million children are undernourished.

Chairperson of Parliamentary committee on Nutrition Deus Gumba commended CSONA for organising the interface, saying  there is need for Members of Parliament to appreciate what action was being done on nutrition.

Gumba promised to share findings of the analysis in parliament as one way of mapping forward.

Speaking in Dowa during a global day of action for Nutrition in Traditional Authority Chakhaza CSONA National Coordinator Mtisunge Zimpita, said stunting or malnutrition is a big problem in Malawi affecting almost half of the population.

“Previously Malawi stood at over 42% of undernourishment and stunting but thanks to Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) that saw the reduction of stunting and malnutrition from 42% to 37%,” said Zimpita.

The National Coordinator further said stunted child does not reach his or her full level of growth and cannot positively contribute to the nation hence the need for a political will to address the issue.

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misozi banda
misozi banda
5 years ago

SCO —-ECD k327 million ya NUTRITION– koma zilipo. pano nde mwagundika mungoti kathumba ka cimanga, etc ati kusangalasa anthu pa xmas.

misozi banda
misozi banda
5 years ago

all these bastards is feasting basi. aliyese akuziwa. awa sikuti sakuziwa za anthufe njala mmizi muno ai, angotseka mmakutu basi. palibe amatambasula dzanja koma luting basi.aliyese amawaona tangoonani mimba zao. masaya, mbina za amuna. maonekedwe amatiuza zambili.apa angofuna ma alawasi.
anthuwa tikawasankha basi mooto wa ku town kukayamba ma plan oyamba ma kontraki business.kupasana ngongole zosazabweza. ena ngongole zomwe anatenga nthawi ya kamuzu, muluzi ,bingu sanabwezere. kkkkk ma TRUCK. zikomo

health money badly spent

were funds given and badly utilized?

Joseph Banda
Joseph Banda
5 years ago

But how can MPs be shocked when they actually stay with the public? Nde
kuti iwo amangodya okha? What actually do they report to Parliament only
to be shocked after reading a report in suits?

5 years ago

Malawi a failed state indeed

5 years ago

Yet one so called professor says no one will die of hunger this year. Malnutrition is
is the after effects of hunger. There are many deaths caused by after effects of
hunger . Learn to tell the truth rather than hiding your head in the sand.

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