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ANRiN Provides Nutrition Supplements, Others To Children, Women In Katsina

Over one million women and children in Katsina State have accessed nutrition supplements and other related services delivered by the ANRiN project.


Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

Over one million women and children in Katsina State have accessed nutrition supplements and other related services delivered by the ANRiN project.

The World Bank-funded project otherwise called “Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria” focuses on the prevention of malnutrition among pregnant women and lactating mothers including children under five years.

This revelation was coming on Monday as Katsina State hosts the 2024 Assessment meeting on the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ARiN) project.

The World Bank team alongside officials from the Federal Ministry of Health as well as other implementing agencies were in the state for Implementation Support Mission (ism) 2024.

The aim is to see the level of implementation and progress recorded so far by the project which has started in less than a year.

According to the Senior Health Specialist and World Bank Team Lead, ANRiN, Dr Ritgak Tilley-Gyado, the project also focuses not only on the health and well-being of the population but also the economy.

She, however, decried the activities of bandits which she says hinders service providers from accessing communities.

“Though the project came on board quite late in the state, I believe with the strong state leadership demonstrated on the ground, we are able to accelerate progress.

“We are pleased with the progress we have seen so far. Insecurity in the northwest remains the only challenge that our service providers face because, sometimes they can’t access communities. They have limited access to the communities.

“We have to also make a link between insecurity and food insecurity because once there’s insecurity, people can’t farm, people can’t produce food which leads to food insecurity and once households become chronically food insecure, children in these households and even the pregnant women become more exposed to malnutrition,” she added.

In his remarks, the state project coordinator, Dr Umar Bindawa, highlighted some of the activities and interventions rendered by the project within the period under review.

“Though we started a bit late in implementing the project. But part of the interventions we do is we go into communities and give free iron and folic acid to pregnant and lactating mothers, we offer maternal, infant, and young child feeding practices counseling to pregnant and lactating mothers.

“We also offer pensider for the prevention of malaria in pregnancy (for the maternal component).

“And for child component, we give micronutrient powder to children under two, we deworm children under five, we also give zinc ors to children that are having diarrhea.

“We also offer oriented intervention, which we are currently implementing in over 188 health facilities in the state.

“We have covered over 700,000 pregnant and lactating mothers including children under five with these interventions,” Bindawa explained.