The Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria and the Aliko Dangote Foundation are collaborating to reduce undernutrition in Northern Nigeria through the Aliko Dangote Integrated Nutrition (ADFIN) programme.
The ADFIN project, which is a 5-year programme, seeks to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition in northern Nigeria by 60% by 2025 by breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and malnutrition through a combination of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive intervention.
The objectives of the initiative include:
- Treat at least 1 million children with severe acute malnutrition using the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach by 2025.
- Reach at least 1 million vulnerable households from communities that contribute the most to Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) burden with increased self-reliance through livelihood support.
- Reach at least 1 million vulnerable households from communities that contribute the most to SAM burden with engendered optimal nutrition, hygiene, care seeking behaviour.
- Improve Federal, State and Local Government capacity to deliver nutrition interventions through advocacy and coordination.
Malnutrition represents an impediment to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) not only due to lack in nutritious and safe food but from intertwined factors connecting healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene, access to food and more.
The ambition to improve nutrition is captured in SDG 2, with about 12 of the 17 Goals comprise indicators that are related to nutrition. Sustained investment is critical towards achieving this goal.