UNICEF and WFP Namibia update the Vice President on the nutrition status quo of children in the country.

Investing in a child's nutrition is a surefire strategy.

UNICEF and WFP Namibia had the opportunity to meet with the Vice President HE Nangolo Mbumba and his team to update the government on the nutrition status of children in Namibia, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized.

The meeting noted with concern the high percentage of stunting among children in the country with 79,9% of San children stunted.

COVID-19 has also exacerbated the already dire food insecurity situation among vulnerable communities, with closure of schools taking away many children’s only source of meals - the school feeding program.

The discussions underway

The meeting agreed that real time data availability and access is key to ensure evidence based programming for every child.

Partnership with communities, the private sector and all United Nations Namibia agencies, is vital in tackling malnutrition and for ownership and sustainability.

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Judy Matjila
Chief of Communication
UNICEF
Judy Matjila
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United Nations
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United Nations Children’s Fund
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World Food Programme