In Uganda, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS remain serious challenges. Almost 40% of children are stunted, and 6 % of pregnant women are HIV infected, while a third of their children acquire HIV perinatally. In order to address these challenges, there is need for innovative and evidence-based interventions, which unfortunately, remain elusive. There is also a serious shortage of sufficiently qualified staff to carry out graduate training and quality research. That’s why we are committed to providing robust health and nutrition programs that save children’s lives and ensure they grow up healthy. Proper nutrition is a powerful good: children who are well nourished are more likely to be healthy, productive and able to learn. Malnutrition is, by the same logic, devastating. It blunts intellect, saps productivity, and perpetuates poverty for any family and society it touches.
While significant progress has been made in ensuring proper nutrition for children, challenges remain throughout the world. For Uganda, stunting, also referred to as chronic malnutrition (low height for age), is of a particular concern with more than 25 million, or 40 percent of children under five years of age suffering from it. In addition, 18 per cent of under-fives are underweight (they weigh too little for their age); and 7 percent are suffering from acute malnutrition (also called wasting, a rapid loss of weight because of illness or insufficient food intake). Unlike underweight and wasting, stunting is largely irreversible, and it is affecting more children than the first two conditions combined in the region. There are many factors contributing to malnutrition. One of the most significant is the low rate of exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months of a child’s life. Studies have shown that exclusive breastfeeding is one of the single most effective interventions to combat child mortality. Yet, in ESA, just over half of infants are being exclusively breastfed in that crucial period.
Line projects under health
- Access to comprehensive reproductive health project
- School health out reaches
- Health camp project
- Motherhood child care project
- Go diet / Feed a child project
Furthermore, inadequate complementary feeding for children older than six months, low consumption of iodized salt by households, low vitamin A coverage for children under-five, and anaemia during pregnancy, all contribute to malnutrition in children.