Twaweza in the news
Mrs Anitha Samwel, 32, was relieved to discover that cereals to provide her 6-month-old baby with a complementary diet were readily available in local shops. But her relief soon turned into confusion after noticing a worrying trend each time she went to buy the pre-mixed foods.Each time I return to buy the foods I notice that the ingredients listed on the label are different from what I bought the previous time,says the Dar es Salaam-based mother.To counter this, each time she finds a good brand, with a variety of ingredients that are a source of important nutrients, including protein, vitamins, and minerals, she buys in bulk.
About 120 Tanzanian children below the age of five die every day due to malnutrition, a problem whose solution is however, at an arm's length reach. A new report says the country is facing a severe vitamin and mineral deficiency that besides the loss of life, also costs the nation a whooping Sh700 billion in loss of income annually. High levels of malnutrition cause death, but rarely because children starve. Children are dying needlessly because their diets lack basic nutrients to build strong immune systems and stay healthy,says Irenei Kiria, Executive Director of Sikika.