EBF: MeCAM Seeks More Funding ,Awareness For Nutrition In Nigeria
A media advocacy group with focus on curbing children malnutrition in Nigeria, under the auspices of the Media Against Child Malnutrition MeCAM has called for more funding for nutrition related programs in Nigeria.
The National Coordinator, MeCAM, Mr. Remmy Nweke made the call in his intervention at a media round-table on “Exclusive Breastfeeding: Changing the Nigerian story” in Abuja recently to mark the 2019 World BreastFeeding Week organized by the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN).
MeCAM, is well-positioned to drive this collaboration in the Nigerian media space and across Africa for betterment of our children and curb malnutrition generally from Nigeria, considering the benefits of Exclusive Breastfeeding, for instance.”he said.
Nweke said there was the need for funds to be made available for EBF advocacy noting that every 1 dollar invested has good return on investment of about 16 USD,
The National Coordinator therefore called for more capacity building for media practitioners, especially MeCAM members, already committed to highlight issues on child malnutrition in Nigeria and beyond, for better child growth including exclusive breastfeeding, overweight, stunted growth, undernourishment.
“The group was founded by senior media editors to bridge the gap between the media as an institution, practitioners and correctness of story-telling emanating from Nigeria as far as malnutrition is concerned.”he said.
“Founded in August 2015, MeCAM has membership across online, print, broadcast media respectively.”
Nweke observed that this year’s theme was on “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding” was timely noting that when more is saved the right and accurate information is passed.