Malnutrition Cases Still High in Uganda – Report

Christine Muyama makes a presentation on the current state of Scaling Up Nutrition in Uganda during the Global Nutrition Report Launch

2015 Uganda cup final

Tuesday 16th June

SC Villa 0-3 KCCA FC

SC Villa have won the 41st edition of the Uganda Cup after thrashing fellow city rivals KCCA fc 3-0. The Jogoos scored in both halves through goals from Agustine Nsumba, pharm and two second half substitutes, pharm Abdul Karim Kasule and Yesseri Waibi.

Nsumba grabbed the opener from  Erisa Sekisambu’s 31st minute free kick, buy a goal that stood to the break.

Seven minutes into the hour, second half substitute Abdul Karim Kasule capitalized on KCCA FC’s sloppy defending outside the box and fired on the bottom left corner, only to find Ocan Napping for the second goal.

KCCA FC retaliated by bringing in Baker Lukooya for a wasteful Paul Mucuurezi. The Jogoos beefed up attack and just three minutes to the final whistle, Yesseri Waibi buried KCCA FC’s hopes of a comeback with a well taken strike.

SC Villa will now represent Uganda in the Caf confederation’s cup early next year taking the mantle from URA FC.

Uganda cup awards

Winners- Sports Club Villa

Runnersd up- KCCA Fc

Best Player of the tournament- Erisa Sekisambu (SC Villa)

Top scorer – Allan Kyambadde (Saints Fc) with Six goals

Best Coach – Ibrahim Kirya (SC Villa)

By Linda Kabuzire

Christine Muyama, story the National coordinator Uganda scaling up Nutrition, look has said that according to indicator data from Unicef, WHO and World Bank, Uganda’s national GDP is lowered by 5.6% because of under nutrition levels.

Furthermore, Uganda is one of the 47 countries in the World that have overlapping under five stunting, Anemia in Women of reproductive age and adult over weight.

This was revealed during the Launch of the Global Nutrition Report and chart that took place In Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Launched globally last year, the Global Nutrition Report is the first report to compile comprehensive data on the status of nutrition around the world and highlights progress in combating malnutrition, identifying gaps, and proposing solutions.

The event which brought together 40 participants from Scaling up Nutrition networks across Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi brought to Light that across East African countries, stunting (short height for age due to chronic malnutrition) ranges from  1 in every 3 children to as high as 1 in every 2.

Christine Muyama said that even with the government’s intervention to scale up nutrition, malnutrition still remains high in the country hence the government’s consideration of drafting a policy to address malnutrition as it is one of the major causes of deaths in children under five years

“The government intends to ensure that each household grows food stuff not just for commercial purposes but also for home consumption,” She added

“Good nutrition is the bedrock of Human well-being as it allows brain functioning to evolve without impairment and immune systems to develop more robustly. For young children, good nutrition status averts death and equips the body to grow and develop to its full potential.”

“We are facing a chronic emergency that will not wait for our attention. For the healthy future of our Countries and communities, we must act now and encourage the governments of our region to make political and financial commitments that match the scale of the challenge set before us,” said Dr.  Aristide Madagasha of the Burundi Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network (SUN CSN).”

Participants in the East Africa launch compared the report’s findings to the region’s status, and are to plan action to ensure East African governments increase commitment and accountability for nutrition.

“Most East African countries are not on track to meet globally?agreed World Health Assembly targets on nutrition. The East African community must make new and ambitious financial and political commitments to ensure we do not fall behind in efforts to defeat malnutrition,” said Dr. Million Shibeshi of the Ethiopia Civil Society Coalition ? Scaling up Nutrition (ECSC?SUN).


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