THE IMPORTANCE OF A CHILD
PRESENTED AT THE OCCASION COMMISSIONING OF OLU
AKINKUGBE FOUNDATION CHILD NUTRITION CENTRE,
FRIESLAND FOODS WAMCO NIG. PLC, LAGOS.
PROFESSOR OF COMMUNITY HEALTH NUTRITION,
NUTRITION CONSULTANT (OAUTHC)
DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH,
COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES,
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY,
ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA.
THE THRUST OF THIS PRESENTATION IS
TO EXAMINE THE FOLLOWING ISSUES:
What is the future that Friesland Foods WAMCO
Nigeria wants to create for Nigerians under 5
What is happening now?
Why is there a difference?
What do we need to change?
What are the importance of child Nutrition Center?
What should be our shared vision?
“WHOSOEVER WAS THE FATHER OF A
DISEASE AN ILL DIET WAS THE MOTHER”
- GEORGE HERBERT, 1660
Two Year old The Two Year old Girl Intake
After Two Months of
Girl at Intake Treatment
A HEALTHY & WELL NOURISHED CHILD
A HEALTHY NATION
LOW RATES OF ABSENTEEISM,
WHAT IS THE FUTURE FRIESLAND
FOODS WAMCO NIGERIA WANTS TO
Provision of good nutrition for the teeming
Reduction of childhood and adult malnutrition
Increased healthy life expectancy.
Adequate nutrition to infants as an enhancer to
human capital development.
Provision of quality food to fulfill one of the
Millennium Development Goals.
Increase informed choices as to the prevention of
malnutrition in her immediate environment.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?
Decreased life expectancy from 51 to 43
years within a span of a decade.
Infant mortality rate 113/1000 live births.
Under five mortality rate 203/1000 live births.
Suntiness among under 12 infants 68.3%.
Malaria U5 mortality rate in Nigeria
729/100,000 (1 out of 5 deaths)
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW? (CONT’D)
MMR 704-1500/100,000 live births
Ranking of Nigerian % of infants with LBW
Nigeria 187th Position out of 191 countries in
the world as Health performance of their
Increased non communicable chronic
WHY IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Low premium on Health.
Health system more of disease focused.
Less emphasis on importance of maternal
nutrition during pregnancy
Failure of effective Complementary Feeding
Cultural and poor infant Feeding practices.
Inability to get all major stakeholders
involved in ensuring a healthy infant and
WHAT DO WE NEED TO CHANGE?
Our attitudes to health.
Curative to preventive medicine.
Have more interest in our infants optimum growth.
Investing in a healthy and well nourished child as
Nations future assets.
Need to move from “what” to begin to Tackle THE
“HOW & “WHY”
Passive to aggressive public enlightenment on the
importance of nutrition during pregnancy and
Creation more children Nutrition centres in all the
Local Government Areas.
THE UNIQUENESS OF CHILD
NUTRITION CENTER (CNC)
Takes a leading role in involving community leaders,
parents, NGO, LGA, State, and Federal organization
to improve infants’ nutritional status.
Serves as a meeting point where professionals from
various disciplines interact to exchange ideas as to
improving the nutritional status of young ones.
Provides a multidisciplinary clinical research and
educational service for children and family.
WHAT SHOULD BE OUR SHARED
Household – Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN & How?
Community – Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN &
Government - Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN &
Non governmental Agencies - Reduce IMR to O &
By WHEN & How?
Health Workers – Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN &
Private Sectors – Reduce IMR To O & By WHEN &
IF NOT NOW
IF NOT ME?
BELIEVE YOU CAN