WHO rescues malnutritioned children – Capital Radio Malawi
29 May, 2024

WHO rescues malnutritioned children

The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided essential malnutrition kits to the ministry of health to save lives of children.

The 48 kits of Paediatric Severe Acute Malnutrition (PEDSAM) are worth K62.2 million.

Minister of health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda attributes cases of severe malnutrition and malaria in children to the high infant mortality rates, with malnutrition alone accounting for at least 30 percent of the deaths.

“Any efforts to stop the rise of the infant mortality rate, as WHO has done, are commendable and encouraged to save the lives of children, who are future leaders of Malawi. We appreciate the gesture taken by WHO.”

WHO country representative Neema Rusibamayila Kimambo said the malnutrition kits are designed to provide essential supplies necessary for effective treatment and care of children suffering from malnutrition

“In each kit are vital resources aimed at reaching 50 severe acute malnutrition paediatric cases for three months,” she said.

Malawi is currently struggling with high infant mortality rate which stand at 31 deaths out of every 1000 births.

This represents a 4.2 percent decline from 2023, which stood at 33 deaths.

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