DAPP Nutrition project benefitting pregnant women
Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) in partnership with the Valdese Church through Humana People to People Italia is implementing a project known as Screening, Care and Nutrition for the Management of Severe and Moderate Malnutrition in Children Aged 0 to 2 Years.
Mary Mayankho is one of the beneficiaries of the project. She hails from Seselua village in traditional authority Nchinguza in Machinga district which is where this project is being implemented. She has 5 children and is currently expecting her 6th.
“Through this project, I have learnt the importance of eating balanced meals, the importance of hygiene and the importance of delivering at a hospital “she says.
Mary says she now sleeps in a mosquito net and has constructed a tippy tap which is a hand washing mechanism and a rubbish pit in her compound as she didn’t have these before “I knew that hygiene was important, but with the coming of the project, I have learnt so much more about hygiene which I now practice in my own home”
The one year project is being implemented in Machinga district and to contributes to the reduction of infant mortality due to severe acute malnutrition as well as lactating and pregnant mothers. Close to 1750 pregnant and lactating mothers are the key beneficiaries of the project and aside them 30000 to 35000 people will indirectly benefit from the project.