ENOUGH Campaign Gets Underway, Chakwera Decries Child Malnourishment
President Lazarus Chakwera has said an estimated 35 percent of children under the age of five in Malawi are facing extreme hunger or starvation.
President Chakwera made the remarks in New York in the United States of America at the launch of a global campaign dubbed ENOUGH.
ENOUGH is a global campaign that aims to end child hunger and malnutrition worldwide.
The Malawi leader said globally there is enough food for everyone and, as such, there is no need for children to go to bed on an empty stomach.
He said the global campaign resonates well with several of Malawi’s program that aim at ending child hunger and malnutrition.
“Malawi is approaching yet another rainy season. It is said that this season will be characterised by Elnino which may affect weather patterns and affect availability of food. This program, we hope, will help in addressing food availability in the country,” said Chakwera.
Globally, $7 billion is required to ensure children are properly fed and nourished.
Meanwhile, World Vision has announced an investment of $3.4bn over three years into work that will reduce hunger and improve the nutritional status of 125 million children in 67 countries where they are suffering most.
World Vision’s financial commitment comprises $1.2 billion in donations from private sources and in micro-finance loans given out by Vision Fund to hungry families, plus $2.2 billion from institutional donors like governments and UN agencies who are investing in the organisation’s work.
World Vision International President Andrew Morley said there is need for collective global action to achieve the desired outcome.
“This is a global emergency, devastating children’s lives in both humanitarian and developmental contexts.
“Yet we are simply moving too slowly to save millions on the brink of starvation and life altering malnutrition.
“Millions of children are facing extreme hunger and crippling malnutrition because of an unequal food system disrupted by conflicts and by the climate crisis,” said Morley.
World Food Programme Executive Director Cindy McCain says the world is facing food crisis which needs collective attention.
He says the program will benefit countries that are food insecure and put lives of children at threat.
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