Borno state to gets $1m AfDB grant to reduce malnutrition

A total of $1million has been approved by board of the African Development Bank, AfDB, for immediate interventions for victims of violence in Borno state.

The grant which was approved by the executive directors of the bank as an emergency assistance to support the fight against malnutrition in the state, will focus in areas in desperate need of such interventions.

A statement from the bank explained that the intervention would further strengthen the on-going efforts by government and partners like, the UNICEF, WFP and OCHA, to support the northeastern region of the country.

“The Bank will focus on Borno State where the situation is dire, to rationalise funds and be more efficient. This will contribute to reducing malnutrition rate among the most vulnerable population mainly children under five years and women of childbearing age,” the statement said.

AfDB fears that an estimated 59,320 children would die from malnutrition if they are left untreated. “This intervention will augment efforts at attaining the target to reach 80 percent of the estimated SAM cases in the region by 2017.

“Nigeria is currently in economic recession which has stretched the government’s capacity to address vulnerability; over 2.5 million children under five years are severely malnourished across the country and are nine times more likely to die than their counterparts.”

The intervention is aligned with one of the operational priorities of the bank’s 10-year strategy from 2013-2022. The operational priorities of the bank are governance and accountability, which are reiterated in two of the High-5s: Feed Africa and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

Nigeria’s Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, had in June this year, declared a nutrition emergency in Borno state. The pronouncement became necessary to meet the welfare need and also save the lives the children dying from malnutrition in IDP camps in the state. 

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