61 pc children under 5 years, 46 pc adults suffer from malnutrition

June 30, 2010

A total of 61 per cent children under five years and 46 per cent adults in the country are underweight due to malnutrition.
This was stated at the annual review workshop organised by the European Union at Spectra Convention Centre in the city yesterday.
Jorge Nieto Rey, acting head of Cooperation  Delegation of European Union to Bangladesh, said  for reduction of extreme poverty and  ensuring food security of the most vulnerable women and their dependents, the EU is implementing the Food Security for Ultra Poor (FSUP) programme in eight  most vulnerable and disaster prone districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj, Pabna, Netrakona, Sunamganj and Kishorganj. Support to social safety net programmes targeting the most vulnerable people is a corner stone of the EU’s food security programme in Bangladesh,  he added.
He told the workshop that with a budget of  around Tk 368 crore (43 million euro), the FSUP’s programmes are being implemented by four international development agencies, ACRE, ICCO, Islamic Relief World Wide and WFP in partnership with 15 national NGOs over the period from January 2009. Its programme will continue till December, 2013, he informed.
Enamul Haque, consultant Programme Coordination Unit (PCU), in his presentation said 58.9 per cent of the total population is using open place latrines, 34.8 per cent ring slabs and 4.7 per cent hanging latrines.  
Among others Luqman Leckie, Team Leader of PCU, Atwar Rahman, project coordinator of Gaibandha Food Security Project for Ultra Poor Women spoke at the workshop.  
Courtesy of The Independent

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