Raising awareness about chronic undernutrition in Mozambique

Last week, Princess Viktória de Bourbon de Parme, a member of the Dutch royal family,  visited our home fortification project in Dondo, a peri-urban area of the city of Beira, Mozambique, to raise awareness about the issue of chronic undernutrition.

The objective of this project, designed by GAIN and the Ministry of Health (MISAU) and implemented together with PSI and Save the Children, is to improve the nutrition of young children aged between six months and 23 months old through the distribution of sachets of multi-nutrient powders.

This critical life period is part of the 1000 days window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday. Improving nutrition during these 1000 days has a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive—and a lasting effect on a country’s health and prosperity.

Through the implementation of this project, GAIN, MISAU and partners are testing a hybrid distribution model for multi-nutrient powders, called VitaMais, in three selected districts of the Sofala Province: urban area (Beira City), peri-urban (Dondo) and rural area (Nhamatanda).

Each sachet of VitaMais contains a colorless and tasteless powder of 15 essential vitamins and minerals that can be added to the food that young children regularly eat. The use of micronutrient powders is a proven intervention which prevents micronutrient deficiencies among children, while still promoting the use of local available foods.

Princess Viktória, in her capacity of patroness of the Dutch branch of Save the Children, visited the program and expressed her committed to the cause of improving nutrition in the country.

Watch a brief documentary about her visit (available only in Dutch)

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Published 14  February 2017