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Some 750 mothers in the Sagnarigu Municipality have been honored with awards for strictly applying nutritional programs to prevent malnutrition in children in the community.

The program, under the joint auspices of civil society organization, Savana Signatures (SS), World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is a Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy to promote the consumption of fortified and locally available nutritious foods by high-risk groups as well as the entire population in that municipality.

The intervention, among other things, contributes to the prevention of stunting and anaemia among children as well as pregnant and lactating mothers.

As part of strategies to sustain the gains of the programme, the award scheme was established to reward mothers who met the six key conditions necessary to ensure the health and proper nutrition in children.

The six conditions included; good standing in immunization records, good utilization of services, good nutritional outcome manifest in adequate weight gain of at least 0.5kg for 3 continuous months, adequate knowledge about the Obaasima Seal, regular attendance to CWC, and adequate knowledge about care and feeding practices for infants and young children.

The scheme targets mothers who are breastfeeding a baby between 6 and 23 months and as also registered in the WFP food assistance programme.

In all, some 750 mothers and some workers of the WFP and GHS were rewarded for adhering to the six conditions.

The awardees received branded flask and further education on the need to stick to the conditions.

A beneficiary from Gumani in the Saganarigu Municipality, Latifatu Alhassan said her children are healthy because she feeds them with only foods with the Obaasima symbol.

She added that the required food was given to her as part of the benefits she gets as a registered member of the WFP food assistance programme.

According to her, the neighbours keep questioning her about the food she gives to her children to keep them healthy always, so she introduced them to a 4-star diet from Obaasima.

Programme Manager at Savana Signatures, Raphael McClure Adomey said the awardees who have shown commitment in following the six key conditions and taking good care of their children will serve as pacesetters in their communities for other women to emulate.

He noted that with the support from the WFP, the initiative will help all mothers to overcome malnutrition and also contribute to a better and healthy future for the people of Sagnarigu Municipality.

Raphael Adomey thanked the officials from WFP and GHS for their support, commitment and contribution.

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