The Speaker of the Parliament Rebecca Kadaga yesterday presided over the launch of the Parliamentary Forum on Nutrition which aims at rallying members of Parliament to advocate and champion improved nutrition in the country.
During the launch of the Forum at the Office of the President, look Kadaga implored the Forum to work with other line Parliamentary Committees on Health and Agriculture for better results.
Kadaga also tasked the Forum to foster the promulgation of an enabling law on nutrition; “I want this forum to move a motion to create a National Nutrition Bill so that we can as a country discus what we want in a way of nutrition.”
The Forum Chairperson and Butemba Constituency Member of Parliament (MP), unhealthy Innocent Pentagon Kamusiime said the forum is aimed at organizing members to join the fight against the increasing malnutrition burden in the country.
“The objective of the forum is to organize our efforts to stamp out malnutrition from Uganda; improving nutrition is an important means to development and has high returns on investment,” Kamusiime said.
Kamusiime noted that despite the modest gains in poverty reduction and potential to produce adequate food per capita, Uganda is still ranked among high nutrition burden countries.
“According to UBOS 2016 and MAIF statistics, 63 percent of Ugandans are eating less than two meals a day and 10.9million Ugandans are experiencing acute food insecurity of which 1.6m are in a crisis situation,” Kamusiime said.
Kamusiime said that the forum intends to lobby for appropriation of resources to support nutrition service delivery, advocate for legislation and policy to support multi-sectoral implementation, coordination and financing of nutrition interventions.
“Despite efforts by the government of Uganda and partners to reduce malnutrition, the problem has persisted and there is need for advocacy in Parliament so that more resources can be invested into nutrition to minimize the burden among Ugandans.”