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Cameroon – Food: 33% of Cameroonians suffer from malnutrition

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Written by Deckson N.

Alarming figures on malnutrition in Cameroon were revealed during a workshop organized by the Nestlé company for the media in Douala.

The figures on undernourishment, malnutrition in Cameroon and their corollaries are alarming. According to specialists, 33% of children under five years of age in Cameroon are stunted. Similarly, underweight is observed in 15% of people of this age group and an obesity rate above 6%. The rate of emaciation reaches 5% (about 9% in the Far North).

At the same time, 35% of children suffer from vitamin A deficiency, while the rate of anemic children reaches 45% in the country. According to Gerard Épie, a nutritionist, these figures and many others show that undernourishment and malnutrition are gaining ground throughout the country. The situation is more alarming in the northern part of the country, one learns.

These statistics were presented during a workshop organized in Douala by the company Nestle Cameroon, on Friday 9 December 2016 for the media. In the course of this exchange on “Reducing malnutrition – the role of the media“, poverty was presented as the main cause of malnutrition in Cameroon. Gérard Epie, the speaker of the day advises to focus on the nutrition of the girl and the mother. For, he explains, the nutrition of children during the first 1000 days, that is to say the period of pregnancy plus the first two years is of an important capital for their development.

Nestle which celebrates its 150 years of existence this year 2016 (50 years in Cameroon) is committed to reduce the malnutrition in Cameroon by offering food and drinks more tasty and healthier. The company initiated a program called “Nestle Healthy Kids“, a campaign for education and awareness of good nutrition organized in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry for the Promotion of Women and the Family.

The program is being monitored in 10 pilot schools in 5 regions across the country. In the same vein, It is committed to supporting breastfeeding and proper nutrition during the first 1000 days of the child. The media were invited to support the initiative to combat malnutrition in Cameroon.

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