The King has issued a position paper titled, “Embedding Nutrition within the COVID-19 Response and Recovery”. The position paper which has been sent to all the AU member states calling on Heads of State and Governments to ensure the incorporation and promotion of nutrition smart interventions within COVID-19 response and recovery action plans.
The paper recommends that countries maintain and increase the level of funding allocated to nutrition to safeguard previous efforts to address malnutrition and ensure there are no gaps within their multi-year nutrition programmes in immediate, medium-term and post-pandemic recovery COVID-19 response plans.
“To effectively embed nutrition in the COVID-19 response and strategies calls for the prioritising of nutrition in the national health sector, food systems and social net response interventions,” the paper says.
It further highlights the role of high-level political leadership, in particular Heads of State and Government and Ministers of Finance, as Nutrition Champions saying these efforts coupled with a robust nutrition strategy will galvanise action into proper nutrition for children through the availability of nutritious foods for all.
It says proper nutrition is a vital component of the general health for both children and adults, adding that under-nutrition compromises immune systems, making bodies vulnerable to infection, reducing the effectiveness of vaccines, and impeding recovery and consequently stunting among children, low birth weight and wasting are existing challenges that have been affecting children in Africa leading to decreased productivity in adulthood.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created major global health and economic shocks, with unprecedented impacts on people’s health, nutrition and livelihoods as a result, Africa is experiencing negative economic growth, primarily as a result of the sharp decline in productivity, jobs and revenues.
King calls for embedded nutrition against COVID-19
Sept. 19, 2020 3 min read
HIS Majesty King Letsie III, as the African Union (AU) Nutrition Champion and the Champion of African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) has called on leaders to embed nutrition within their respective countries’ COVID-19 response and recovery action plans.