GRAND BASSA COUNTY-SHALOM, a local a group with support under Irish Aid Nutrition Project, has conducted a one-day Consultative Meeting with CSOS and relevant government ministries and agencies in Grand Bassa County on nutrition.
The one-day meeting which brought together authorities of Government Ministries, including Agriculture, Health , Gender Children and Social Protection Ministries, the commissioner as well as civil society grouping, with focus on nutrition.
The overall objectives of the meeting were provided by Shalom WASH Officer, Lusu Gibson, who said:” The gathering was intended to review a research conducted by a consultant hired by Irish Aid to establish the nutrition status in Liberia.
According to her, the participants were able to focus on finding conduct from the research that could be used in future intervention across the country, as a means of reducing malnutrition .
She disclosed that the nutritional Research that was conducted by the consultant highlighted the increased of stunting due to several factors, including inaccessibility of roads, lack of access to money, among others.
She disclosed that the research was conducted in three regions: Grand Cape Mount as region one, Grand Bassa and rural Montserrado as region two while Rivercess and Sino Counties are region three.
Also speaking, Water Aid Advocacy and Communication Zayzay Kolubah, extoled the participants for demonstrating their interest in addressing the nutritional problem with in the country, that is affecting more of children.
Mr. Kolubah said:” With the level of commitment shown by the participants during the meeting, it is clear that they are willing to take the lead in finding solution to reduce stunting in their county.”
The Communication and advocacy further said that the organization is committed in partnering with Shalom in working with them, by providing the needy support to make their quest of reducing stunting a reality.
He further said: “In order for the county to achieve such objective in reducing stunting, it will depend on them as county civil society and the relevant government ministries representatives to work”
For her part, the Executive Director of FAWE’s Buchanan Mothers Club and SUN Civil Society Grand Bassa County Representative, Rebecca Mehdeh, expressed gratitude to WaterAid and partners for reawaking their desire to help improve nutritional status of the county.
She urged Water Aid and Shalom to always engage them as a means of motivating both the CSOs and the respective Government Ministries representatives on their plan on nutrition.
Also speaking was the Commissioner of Harlandsville Township, Benjamin Greaves, who used the event to appreciate the two organizations for initiating the interactive assembly with the objective of acquiring knowledge on those key components of reducing stunting .
He further highlighted the issue of pollution with in the various communities in his township, due to poor sanitation by the community inhabitants.