By Ahmed Ahmed
Non Governmental Organizations NGOs,Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) inclobration with International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH) has urged women and youth groups to mobilise and enlighten Stakeholders on prevention of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in Bauchi state.
Mrs Lovelyn Gabriel, the Monitoring and Evaluation officer CISLAC in her presentation at the one day engagement with women and youth groups in Advancing SAM as a child right in Bauchi on Wednesday.
She lamented against the undernutrition results in law with weight where in turn contributes to high incidents of infant death in the state.
Gabriel stressed that women and youth groups have a greater role in prevention of Malnutrition in the Society.
“We are therefore mobilising women and youth groups to be enlightened communities on severe acute Malnutrition as well as engages community members and governments to make commitment on prevention of Malnutrition.
“To also advocates for provision of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), to save lives under five children that are affected by Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM),” she said
The CISLAC Monitoring and Evaluation officer also charged the women and youth to demand for adequate budget allocation and timely releases of funds mean for nutrition in the state.
She urged them to serve as community volunteers that will changed the perception of community members on SAM.
Also speaking Mrs Bunmi Aweda of ISMPH call on the women and youth to engage in social media campaign to prevent children suffering from severe acute Malnutrition.
Aweda noted already the situation is taking its toll on the affected children with most of them looking emaciated and stunted.
She however charged them to engage policy makers and stakeholders on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and others to preach the gospel of prevention of SAM.
“You can use the online platforms to tell the Government to get RUTF for the survival of our children in the state,” Awa said.