In northeast Nigeria, in the three states that have been affected by the ongoing conflict, one in every five children is severely malnourished. An estimated 940,000 children aged 6 to 59 months across these states are acutely malnourished, 440,000 with Severe Acute Malnutrition and 500,000 with Moderate Acute Malnutrition.
Statics has show that Malnutrition is a direct or underlying cause of 45 percent of all deaths of under-five children.
It should be worth knowing that the first 1,000 days of a child’s life offer a unique window of opportunity for preventing under nutrition and its consequences. Thereby cause for creating a conscious actions to this critical period to ensure good nutrition for every child in Nigeria.
Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children in the world, with a national prevalence rate of 32 percent of children under five. An estimated 2 million children in Nigeria suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), but only two out of every 10 children affected is currently reached with treatment. Seven percent of women of childbearing age also suffer from acute malnutrition.
To the above, Delight Affection Foundation seeks to support and reduce the above cause through the following
- Partnering with government and other nutritional organization to distribute free micronutrient supplements to children and pregnant woman.
- By supporting the education and counselling of mothers and caregivers on how to adequately feed their children, exclusive breastfeeding, food and general hygiene required to maintain a healthy life.
- Child care and optimal Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in other to prevent, sustain and reduced the causes of malnutrition.