Oxfam for increased resource allocation to Nutrition Sector
Oxfam Malawi has said communities and district council need to be empowered in to demand increase budgetary allocation towards nutrition sector.
Oxfam Malawi Country Director, Langalireni Mihowa said this Tuesday at Dowa Boma during the launch of Popular Mobilization Campaign on “Increasing Resource Allocation and Accountability towards Nutrition Sector in Malawi”.
She said the campaign aims at making voiceless communities and councils to be heard regard the issues of nutrition.
Mihowa observed that budgetary allocation for the sector for the past years since 2016 has been so minimal with less than one percent being allocated in the total national budget.
“We have information that district council, they are having no budget lines for ht sector which is making them failing to implement some of the nutrition programmes effectively,” Country Director said.
She pointed out that Media has a role to play to help in influencing policy makers to consider allocating more resources to nutrition sector at all levels of development in the country
“Media need to play their rightful role to ensure that nutrition investments are properly allocated and accounted for. We need to work with the media as partners in order to promote nutrition issues with transparency and accountability,” Mihowa added.
She commended GIZ Germany for the financial support in the implementation of the programme in three districts of Dowa, Dedza and Salima.
Representative of Acting District Commissioner (DC) for Dowa, Ellen Ndhlovu said the launch of resource mobilization campaign would help to bridge the current nutrition status of the district.
she said proper implementation of nutrition programmes require a lot of resources and the coming in of Oxfam and GIZ- Germany would help them reduce case of malnutrition among children in the district.
Ndhlovu described the development as a milestone in the implementation of nutrition programmes issues in the district owing to the fact that it was lacking financial support.
“The Current stunting levels in Dowa were at 39 percent which is above the national rate of 37 percent. We need to design programmes, increase awareness among communities and various stakeholders on the importance of nutrition. The aspect of resource mobilization should be encouraged at all levels in the district,” she added.
Nutrition Officer in the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DNHA), Pamela Jumbe said nutrition investment help in the social economic development of any country hence the need to call for more resource allocations.
She called on various stakeholders involved in the implementation of the project to work tireless in order to achieve its set objectives.
Mphimbi Village Development Committee (VDC) Chairperson, Jester Chipala said the project would help communities to improve nutrition status of their children by utilizing the locally available food resources.
He said the project would encourage communities to view nutrition issues as part of their development activities that has an impact to their lives.
Oxfam Malawi handed over pull up banner, nutrition posters, golf and t-shirts as part of the Information Education Communication (IEC) materials for the Nutrition project being implemented in the district.