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Project Set to Improve Nutrition in Kano State

IHVN Chief Operating Officer/ Managing Director, Dr Charles Olalekan Mensah, signing the contract documents for ANRiN project implementation in Kano State. Also present is the Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Health Hajia Amina. A. Musa, and staff of the ministry.

At an inauguration ceremony held at the IHVN Head Office in Abuja, IHVN Senior Program Officer Prevention, Care and Treatment, Mrs. Laurentia Dashe, said that the multidisciplinary team will bring valuable experience in keeping children safe, healthy, schooled and stable.

The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has begun the implementation of the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) project in nine Local Government Areas in Kano State.

ANRiN aims to improve access and uptake of basic nutrition services by pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls, and children under five years of age.

According to IHVN ANRiN Chief of Party, Dr. Temitope Kolade, the project will work on “improving knowledge and nutrition related practices among mothers and caregivers of children below two years of age.”

She added that the project is also to “distribute 15 sachets of micro nutrient powders once every two months to children between 6-23 months to complement their feeding.” Dr. Kolade said that the project will provide iron-folic acid tablets and at least three doses of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria during pregnancy amongst other services.

The project is being implemented in Nasarawa, Kano Municipal, Fagge, Gwale, Tarauni, Kumbotso, Dala, Bunkure and Wudil Local Government Areas with funding support from the World Bank and Global Financing Facility