The International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH) has commenced an empowerment programme against Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) for 60 women in Kwali and Bwari area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Executive Director of ISMPH, Moji Makanjuola, stated this in Abuja during a training programme on SAM for journalists in the FCT.
She said the programme, which is funded by the European Union-Agents for Citizen Driven Transformation (EU-ACT), is implemented by empowering vulnerable mothers with improved nutritional knowledge and access to information on SAM.
She said it targets mothers from low-income households in vulnerable communities, uneducated/unemployed/single rural dwelling mothers, and mothers living with disability and struggling to provide care for their children.
She said the empowerment of the women would in turn improve nutrition of pre-school children in vulnerable communities.
Makanjuola said the rate of children suffering SAM across the country was alarming, adding that there was need to change the narratives.
Solomon Dogo, Programme Manager of the organisation, said between 2018 and 2021, ISMPH implemented the Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) programmes in six states.