Livingstonia Synod Aids Programme (Lisap) has advised communities in Karonga to embrace sanitation and hygiene interventions to achieve nutrition efforts.
Lisap director Gray Sidira made the appeal on Tuesday during an open day to showcase some strides in nutritional intervention.
He said the programme has reduced malnutrition among under-five children and pregnant women and improved sanitation and hygiene in the district.
“As you can see, people are now conversant with six food groups as well as sanitation and hygiene issues and we thank government and other partners in ensuring that this project is a success,” said Sidira.
Paramount Chief Kyungu’s representative, Tod Kasimba, called for the need to embrace sanitation and hygiene if nutritional interventions are to succeed.
He said fighting malnutrition alone cannot work if sanitation and hygiene issues are not promoted in communities.
“We usually have waterborne diseases in Karonga because water and sanitation hygiene is still a challenge. So, sanitation issues should also be promoted and we should thank Lisap for the project.” said Kasimba.
Apart from implementing a project to enhance farmers’ capacity to scale up nutrition and reduce stunting, the synod is promoting sanitation and hygiene in the areas of Kyungu and Traditional Authority Wasambo.
The European Union is funding the K500 million project which is also being implemented in Rumphi and Chitipa districts.