Germany grants Malawi 6.3 billion kwacha for malnutrition interventions

The Malawi government has received a donation of about 5 million euros (MWK 6.3 billion) from the German Government to scale up interventions addressing malnutrition in the five districts of Phalombe, Nsanje, Blantyre, Dowa and Lilongwe.

This is Germany’s additional funding towards the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) programme that Malawi has been implementing since 2011, thus bringing the overall German government’s contribution towards the programme to 44.55 million euros since 2016.

Making the donation, German Ambassador to Malawi, Ute König, said the grant is meant to guard hard-won nutrition gains Malawi has achieved under the SUN programme that addresses the needs of the most vulnerable people, especially children.

Chiponda with German officials.

“No matter what, everyone deserves the opportunity to have a balanced and healthy diet. This support aligns with our goals of building resilience in food and nutrition security for everyone worldwide,” said König.

Speaking after receiving the donation, minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo-Chiponda described the support as timely as it is coming at a time when the country is at a threat of experiencing acute food shortage that is expected to affect about 4.4 million between the months of October 2023 and March 2024.

“The Government of Germany has supported Malawi to effectively respond to stunting, which is compromising the country’s socio-economic development. This additional assistance will enable us to step up efforts to improve livelihoods and build resilience among the communities and households to promote optimal nutrition among our children, adolescents, women, and other vulnerable groups,” said Kandodo-Chiponda.

Meanwhile, UNICEF Representative Shadrack Omol has commended the German Government for the timely support saying it will help sustain progress in protecting children from malnutrition and enhancing Malawi’s human capital.

According to Omol, overcoming undernutrition needs to start early in a child’s life as evidence shows that proper nutrition during the first 1000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday gives children a healthy start in life.

Through the SUN programme, Malawi has made significance strides in reducing malnutrition over the past years, with stunting among under-five children dropping from 37 per cent in 2016 to the current 33 per cent, reducing Vitamin A deficiency in children from 22 per cent to 4 per cent during the same period.

 

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