Philemon Dong-Uuro – Nutrition Schools for Healthy Children
Child Malnutrition is a common problem in the rural communities of Northern Ghana. Nutrition Schools for Healthy Children is an initiative by Philemon Dong-Uuro, a community development expert, who provides education and training to mothers on child nutrition. He believes that the problem of child malnutrition is largely due to lack of mothers’ knowledge on proper child nutrition practices.
Working with Mother Support Groups, the project provides education and training to mothers of children under five on the nutrition requirements of children, food hygiene practices and exclusive breastfeeding. The project also supports women’s groups to cultivate and utilize the vitamins-rich, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in child feeding, while networking with relevant government institutions and development partners to create dedicated nutrition centers to offer child nutrition education to mothers.