$2.7 million (about N1.1 billion) has been secured by the Kaduna State Project Implementation Unit, the World Bank-supported Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRiN) project, for the treatment of malnourished children.
Dr Zainab Muhammed Idris, ANRiN Project Coordinator in the state, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Wednesday.
According to the coordinator, out of the amount, the project implementation unit has gotten approval from the World Bank to spend 1.5 million dollars (about N621.3 million) in 2022.
She further explained that said the money would be used to procure 13,758 cartons of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition, which is expected to reach more than 30,000 malnourished children, adding that part of the money would also be used to procure about 15,416 doses of supportive drugs used for the treatment of opportunistic infections and cover logistics support.
Muhammed Idris also said that the money would equally be used to scale up the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme to cover the entire state.
According to her, the remaining US$1.2 million would be used for similar efforts in 2023.
“The World Bank approved funds for treatment of severely acutely malnourished children and CMAM Programme in Kaduna State is US$2.7 million, equivalent to N1.1 billion at an official exchange rate of N410 to a US dollar.
“Of this amount, US$1.5 million, equivalent to N621.3 million has been earmarked for the said intervention by the State ANRiN Project Implementation Unit for the 2022 fiscal year.
“The remaining amount will be released and used for a similar intervention in 2023,” she said.
According to NAN ANRiN is a five-year World Bank-supported project designed to reduce chronic malnutrition, and maternal and child mortality rates and in the long run, increase school completion, and performance and improve labour force productivity.
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