The Kaduna State Government has expressed satisfaction with the nutrition services provided by one of the lead partners in the state-engaged consortium, E-Health Africa Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (EHA-ANRIN), a project financed by the World Bank.
The Kaduna State Project Manager for Accelerating Nutrition Outcomes in Nigeria (ANRIN), Dr. Zainab Muhammed Idris revealed this during a one-day ARIN public meeting in Kaduna.
The public meeting with the objectives of bringing together grantees and other key stakeholders to review progress made so far, challenges and lessons learned and create an avenue for dialogue to deepen engagement with stakeholders and generate feedback of beneficiaries to inform future planning was organized by EHA-ANRIN.
According to Idris, while answering questions from reporters on the sidelines of the meeting, “We have two state actors currently providing services in 23 LGAs in Kaduna State. Each state actor has half of the state to support. For E-Health Africa, they are in charge of 12 LGAs providing services including nutrition services for mothers, infants and young children, providing micronutrient powders for children from 6 to 26 months.
“They also provide deworming with albendazole, services for pregnant women with iron folic acid during antenatal care, treatment for malaria, treat diarrhea and provide zinc, provide services for adolescent girls, especially married adolescents, with short-term and long-term contraception”.
She said the project aims to increase access to quality nutrition services for vulnerable groups including pregnant women, lactating women and children under five, adding that “E-Heath Africa is a partner key to the consortium contracted by the Kaduna State Government. with set goals that they have already exceeded.
Also speaking, Dr. Aminu Abubakar, EHA-ANRIN Project Manager, said that Kaduna State is among the 12 implementing states, adding that the essence of the project is to improve nutritional well-being. adolescents, pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 5 years old.
He said the project was originally supposed to last five years, but due to some challenges it is now reduced to three years from May 2021 when it started and will end by December 2023.
One of the beneficiaries, Hajiya Hadiza Haruna, said that since her pregnancy, EHA ANRIN has been committed to providing services to her until her delivery, adding that they have also helped her with family planning, which was useful to him.