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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Ethiopian child malnutrition rate down by 20
percentage points in 16 years: UNICEF       

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia has made a significant progress in reducing child malnutrition for children aged 6 to 23 months, with the malnutrition rate going down to 38 percent in 2016 from 58 percent in 2000.

The revelation was made by United Nations International Children’s and Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Ethiopia Representative Siddig Ibrahim on Thursday while also attributing the East African country’s success to government commitment to end malnutrition. 

Ibrahim further says Ethiopia is committed to further reducing stunting among children, which is a priority to ensure the wellbeing of children and sustained economic growth.

Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Ephrem Tekle said on his part the period from 6-8 months when children transit from exclusive breastfeeding to crop-based complimentary feeding are critical.

“As these periods are crucial for the healthy growth of children, the government has been engaged in community mobilization works through health and agriculture extension programs to reduce child malnutrition”, he added.

Tekle pointed out that monthly child malnutrition monitoring program and feeding children suffering from stunting is also one of the strategies that has been implemented to improve the complimentary feeding practice throughout the country.

A study conducted by UNICEF, shows an estimated 5.7 million children are stunted in Ethiopia due to the combined effects of poor malnutrition, repeated infection and inadequate psychosocial stimulation.

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Chinese NGO launches drought relief project in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Amity Foundation, an Independent Chinese social development organization, launched a four million yuan (591,000 U.S. dollars) drought relief project on Thursday that’s expected to benefit 50,000 people in Ethiopia’s Somali regional state.

Speaking at the launching ceremony in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa, He Wen, Deputy General Secretary of Amity Foundation said the project, with funding from the Chinese government, is part of Amity’s program to create a healthier and harmonious world.

“The 4 million Renminbi will provide safe drinking water and hygiene kits for the drought hit Somali regional state in Ethiopia benefiting 50,000 people,” said Counselor Lin Zhimin of the Chinese embassy in Ethiopia.

Amity in 2016 alone received 200 million yuan, 80 percent of which came from China, to work on community governance, philanthropy, international expansion, innovative development, research and advocacy and institutional capacity.

           

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