Dangote Foundation Sign MOU With Kano State Government To Curb Malnutrition Among Children

By Emmanuel Uffot

The Aliko Dangote Foundation Integrated  Nutrition, ADFIN, Project, an arm of Aliko Dangote  Foundation of Dangote Group, has signed  a Memorandum of Understanding , MoU, with the Abdullahi Gandunje , led Kano state government ‘’to check  the prevalence  of malnutrition  specifically among children in the north west state.

The event took place at the ECA Unit  of Abdullahi Wase Hospital on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.  Speaking  at the official signing of the MoU document, Zouera Yousufou, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, CEO,, Aliko Dangote Foundation  said ‘’the Foundation is worried  about the prevalence of malnutrition  specifically among children in the state, hence the decision to intervene to curb the worrisome trend’’.

Gandunje Governor of Kano State

According to her, the Foundation , had already done some remarkable  intervention  in that direction  through  its support  in the feedig programme by Hijiya  Mariya Dantata, where about  30,000 meals  are distributed daily. She also stated that the Foundation’s commitment towards malnutrition is in the distribution of 20,000 loaves of bread in the ancient town of Kano and Lagos, the nation’s commercial nerve centre  on a daily basis .

She further explained that  part of the reason for  signing  of the MoU, with the Kano state government was the commitment  of over N50million  to procure  ready to use Therapeutic  Food, RUTF, for treatment of  children  with Severe Acute Malnutrition ,   SAM, in the state. The Aliko Dangote Foundation, Managing Director /CEO, had said that RUTF, will be produced by a company based in Kano , noting that the Foundation will ensure  that the intervention  measure reach   each household of the vulnerable children.

She noted that the primary focus of the ADFIN Project, ‘’ wraps around interventions   in health, education, and empowerment’’. Based on this, she disclosed that that the Foundation are now making unprecedented investment   to improve nutrition in the country. Hear the Aliko Dangote Foundation boss:  We intend to treat children with SAM, using RUTF, which was produced right here by a Kano based  Food company. She was emphatic that the Foundation will reach its household of the children with food nutrition.

As a prelude to achieving the goal, she revealed that the Aliko Dangote Foundation, has trained the first set of  Cohort Community Active mobilisers, CAM,  who are expected to help identify  the vulnerable  children in the state  and refer them for treatment.

According to her, the ADFIN, project, was designed to start in Kano state with plans to extend to extend to the 13 northern states. The multi-million naira project was to take off in 13 out of the 44 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of the state. Given insider information of the execution of the ADFIN, she disclosed that they need  ‘’to end  this scourge malnutrition  and the signing of the MoU takes the Foundation  closes to achieving its  goal.

Giving the cost implication for the ADFIN project, may have informed why the Management of the Foundation  are soliciting for other partners to join hands with them to achieve a robust  and sustainable solutions to curbing malnutrition in Kano state and other parts of the northern region.

Ibrahim Tsanyawa, Kano state Commissioner of Health, who could not hide his feelings had extolled   Aliko Dangote, a  multi-billionare , business mogul , for setting up the Dangote Foundation  which had been used over the years in investing heavily  towards improving  ‘’the well-being of people of the state. He was said to  have assured the Management of the Dangote Foundation  that the Kano state government  commitment and readiness  to support  towards achieving  the desired goal of reversing  the nutrition indices  of the state will never change.

Note that  tha Aliko Dangote Foundation, promoted by Aliko angote, President Dangote Group,  is a private charitable  Organisation  incorporated in  1994,  with the mission ‘’to enhance  opportunities  for social change through investments that will improve  the nation’s health sector and people wellbeing and promote quality education as well as  broaden economic  empowerment opportunities’’.

Going by the involvement  of the the Aliko Dangote  Foundation in  intervention  in health , education and empowerment , across the states of the Federation,  may have informed why  people believe ‘’it has become  the largest private charitable Organisation   in the sub-Saharan  Africa.   

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