Qacha’s Nek, Sept.22 — In a bid to reduce child malnutrition, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition (MAFSN) came up with a mechanism to help more children survive through nutrition clubs establishment.
Nutrition clubs form part of the ministry’s strategies aimed at the improvement of Basotho livelihoods diversification, good nutrition practices through diversified food production, practicing hygiene and ways of handling food and having increased income from household level, contributes to improved quality of life and reduced incidences of malnutrition.
Having not received proper nutrition, many children under five are either stunted or short for their age in the district.
The nutrition situation in Lesotho is characterized by high stunting rates above the World Health Organization (WHO) public health threshold of 29 percent for moderate prevalence in children under the age of five years and wide-spread micronutrient deficiencies in children.
In an interview with the Agency, Mrs. ‘Maneo Ramolibeli’s 15-month-old granddaughter looked frail.