The County Government and Nutrition International (NI) have struck a deal that will scale up efforts towards the elimination of malnutrition as a public health problem among the residents of Elgeyo Marakwet.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by County Secretary Paul Chemmuttut and Nutrition International and witnessed by Members of the County Assembly the three-year program will be implemented in all the 20 wards.
The joint financing agreement signed encompasses a joint financial obligation from both the County Government and Nutrition International where the two have committed to finance the project jointly with KSh. 10 Million every financial year for the next three years.
The program will run at accost of Ksh.20 Million per year.
Speaking during the event, County Secretary Paul Chemmuttut noted that the County is set to benefit greatly with the introduction of the program that will help eliminate nutritional issues especially among the women and children.
“This is a low cost high impact project that will ensure our people develop healthy eating habits and to promote wellness and prevent diseases” he said.
He said that the project will lead to overall improvement of health in the County.
Health CEC Anita Kimwatan on her part assured of prudent use of the committed finances in ensuring the goals of the program are achieved.
She noted that the program will also train CHVs on Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition and how to effectively identify, document and address underlying social, cultural and economic factors contributing to malnutrition patients.
Dr.Kirorei Kiprotich, County Program Coordinator – Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition said the program will also Sensitize the community on dietary diversification including production, storage, preparation and uptake of locally available nutritious traditional foods.
The program is already being implemented in Busia , Vihiga, Nandi and Makueni Counties .
Present also included CEC Finance Kevin Biwott, County Assembly Speaker Philemon Sabulei, CO health Mary Kipchumba, Members of the County Assembly and staff from the County Government.