Malnutrition a Triple Burden for Uganda

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Peter Milton Rukundo, a nutritionist and researcher at Kyambogo University, has noted that malnutrition is posing a triple burden to the economy of Uganda.

Peter Milton Rukundo, a nutritionist and researcher at Kyambogo University, has noted that malnutrition is posing a triple burden to the economy of Uganda.
 
He said that there is increased stunting among children, anemia and over nutrition which poses health complications like hypertension, obesity and heart failure.
 
According to the analysis carried out by Uganda Bureau of statistics (UBOS), stunting affects a third of Uganda’s children, anemia being at 49% and over nutrition is also on the increase.
 
Rukundo said that ever since the adaptation of Uganda’s policy on food and nutrition in 2003, there has not been a concrete investment to ensure its implementation and the biggest challenge being legislation to provide for appropriation of support.
 
He adds that even the recent developed Uganda Nutrition Action Plan of 2011/2016 which is supposed to support nutrition as outlined in the National Development Plan which is the overall national development policy frame work has not received financial resources to put it at work but hopes that the budget puts in place funding for the plan.
 
Rukundo further urged President Museveni addresses issues of Nutrition in the coming State of the Nation address and committing that there will be a budget for nutrition.
 
He said that national food reserves should be put in place as well as vulnerability mapping systems strengthened in order to reduce the nutrition problem in the country.
 
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Meanwhile a civil society coalition on scaling up nutrition has urged government to put into action the Abuja Declaration that was signed ten years ago by allocating 15% of the National Budget to Health.
 
Peter Kikomeko, a coordinator of the Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling up Nutrition (UCCO-SUN), demanded government to fund the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan this financial year and also implement its commitments to enable equitable and fair access to land by all citizens with immediate effect to ensure food security in the country.
 
He noted that addressing malnutrition and its consequences requires global, regional and national commitment hence calling upon leaders to take action and tackle the root causes of hunger and malnutrition through funding and implementing effective nutrition interventions to improve the nutrition status.
 
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The health budget has persistently been at 9% and the research carried out by Peter Rukundo a Kyambogo University researcher indicates that Karamoja and South Western Uganda being the most affected regions by malnutrition.