Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Save the Children launches mass feeding programme for Kenya

Save the Children launches mass feeding programme to reach every child under three in drought-hit areas of Kenya

Every child aged between 6 months and 3 years in parts of northern Kenya hit worst by drought will receive emergency food supplies as Save the Children and other agencies launch a mass feeding programme this week.

With 2.3 million malnourished children in East Africa facing starvation, the food supplies will save lives by ensuring that young children and new mothers in the districts of Wajir and Mandera have enough to eat.

Rates of malnutrition have soared to 32 percent in some parts of northern Kenya, more than double the international emergency threshold of 15 percent, leaving children vulnerable to disease and in the worst cases, death.

Even if they recover, the effects of malnutrition during early childhood can affect children for the rest of their lives – they can become stunted and not grow to their physical and mental potential.

CEO of Save the Children New Zealand Liz Gibbs says many East African children are in dire conditions and that urgent help is still needed.

“Parents are seeing their children waste away and lives are being lost as families go without food for days. This is totally unacceptable. This feeding programme means the most vulnerable children will have enough nutritious food to survive the coming weeks and months," Ms Gibbs says.

Over the next five months, Save the Children's staff will be distributing 6kg of a fortified cereal blend and 0.6 kg of vegetable oil to 100,000 children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on a monthly basis.

The feeding programme will ensure that the most vulnerable children are receiving nutritious food in order to help prevent malnutrition as the drought continues to push families into hunger across East Africa.

The food will also be distributed to pregnant and lactating mothers to help in the battle to keep babies healthy and will support the health of breastfeeding mothers. Breast milk provides food, fluid and helps to increase babies’ immune systems.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Weird Ways Of Funding Care For The Dying

National Party leader Judith Collins thinks the government’s traffic light system for emerging from Covid lockdowns is “confusing.” Perhaps she could be looking in the mirror because in recent weeks, National has hardly been a model of crystalline clarity. On RNZ this morning Collins was calling for the scrapping of all vaccine certificates and mandates once we hit 90% double dose vaccination. Yet in recent weeks, Chris Bishop, National’s Covid spokesperson has been indicating that vaccine certificates and employment mandates will be, and should be, part of our new Covid landscape... More>>

Government: Backs Business To Vaccinate Workforces

The Government is introducing a range of measures to help protect workplaces and workers from COVID-19, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood announced today.
“We’ve heard the calls from employers and employees to provide certainty on what roles need to be done by vaccinated workers under the COVID-19 Protection Framework... More>>



Three Waters: Government To Protect Vital Public Water Services For Future Generations
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today confirmed the Government will create four publicly owned water entities to ensure every New Zealander has access to affordable, long-lasting drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure... More>>


Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels