PUBLISHED — 22nd, May 2024

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has been recognized for its exceptional commitment to addressing malnutrition in the city.

During the recently concluded 3rd National Nutrition Forum, held from May 13th to 17th under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister, KCCA was awarded for its efforts in institutionalizing the implementation of the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan II.

In March 2024, KCCA launched a seven-year strategy known as the Kampala Capital City Nutrition Action Plan (KCC-NAP) 2023/2024 - 2029/2030 aimed at reducing the malnutrition burden across the city.

Dorothy Kisaka, the Executive Director of KCCA, expressed gratitude for the recognition and reaffirmed the Authority’s dedication to combating malnutrition.

"This award is a testament to our unwavering commitment to improving the health and well-being of Kampala's residents. Our Nutrition Action Plan is a robust framework designed to address the multifaceted nature of malnutrition, and we are dedicated to its successful implementation."

Kisaka, flanked by her Deputy, Eng. David Luyimbazi, officially received the award on Tuesday. The award was presented by the Director of Public Health and Environment, Dr. Daniel Okello.

KCCA’s nutrition plan is part of its commitment to addressing food and nutrition insecurity, aligning with one of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government Manifesto 2021-2026 deliverables.

As Uganda progresses towards its Vision 2040, prioritizing nutrition is seen as a critical step in building a healthier and more prosperous society.

KCCA’s recognition at the National Nutrition Forum marks a significant milestone in Uganda’s fight against malnutrition, setting a precedent for other municipalities to follow.

At the forum, KCCA presented a documentary showcasing its multi-sectoral approach to nutrition interventions.

These efforts include urban agricultural initiatives, the establishment of vegetable gardens in schools to support feeding programs, and enhanced nutrition services at health facilities.

Additionally, KCCA’s holistic approach integrates water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions to support overall nutritional health.

The urgency of these actions is underscored by the latest Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) of 2022, which revealed concerning statistics: child stunting at 16.5 percent, and a rise in overweight children under five years from 3.9 percent to 6.3 percent. Adult overweight and obesity rates have also increased for both men and women.

The Authority’s proactive approach and strategic investments in nutrition interventions are poised to make a substantial impact on the health outcomes of Kampala’s population over the coming years.‚Äč

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