The Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRiN) project, which is financed by the World Bank, has acquired 2.7 million dollars (or roughly N1.1 billion) for the treatment of malnourished children.
Dr. Zainab Muhammad-Idris, the state’s ANRiN Project Coordinator, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kaduna.
Muhammad-Idris said that the project implementation unit has received permission from the World Bank to spend 1.5 million (or around N621.3 million) in 2022 out of the total sum.
She explained that 13,758 boxes of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food would be purchased with the funds to treat children who were very acutely malnourished.
According to NAN, RUTF is a nutrient-rich, high-energy diet that is supplemented with minerals and vitamins and is intended to treat severe acute malnutrition.
She continued by saying that a portion of the funds will also be utilized to pay for logistics assistance and purchase 15,416 doses of supportive medications for the treatment of opportunistic illnesses.
The funding would also be utilized, according to the project coordinator, to expand the state-wide Community Management of Acute Malnutrition initiative.
In 2022, more than 30,000 malnourished children are anticipated to receive treatment thanks to the 13,758 boxes of RUTF, according to her.
The remaining US$1.2 million, according to her, would be put into similar initiatives in 2023.
“The World Bank has granted US$2.7 million for the CMAM Program in Kaduna State, which is equivalent to N1.1 billion at the official exchange rate of N410 to the US dollar.
“Of this sum, US$1.5 million, or N621.3 million, has been set aside by the State ANRiN Project Implementation Unit for the aforementioned intervention for the 2022 fiscal year.
The remainder will be made available and utilized for a comparable intervention in 2023, she added.
According to NAN, ANRiN is a five-year World Bank-funded project aimed at increasing the use of high-quality, reasonably priced nutrition services for expectant and nursing mothers, teenage females, and young children.
The goal is to lower rates of chronic malnutrition, and maternal and child mortality, and over time, raise rates of school completion, academic achievement, and labor force productivity.
Two non-state actors are delivering the Integrated Basic Package of Nutrition Services and Adolescent Health Services at the community level as part of the project: eHealth Africa and Society for Family Health.