By Drake Nyamugabwa
The Dairy Development Authority (DDA), in pursuit of its mandate to regulate and provide Dairy development services for stakeholders in Uganda, have joined the campaign spearheaded by Fresh Diary on their schools’ program. This is where children are encouraged to improve nutrition; through consuming dairy products, especially Yoghurt.
While paying a supervisory visit to Fresh Dairy school’s program which was held at City Parents School in Rubaga division, Kampala last week, Musa Kubula, Principal Dairy Development Authority Officer Representative said; “DDA’s participation in Fresh Dairy’s school program is to ensure that we start work ahead of time to encourage milk consumption in Uganda, adding that; currently Uganda has a very low milk consumption of 60 litres per person per year, which is too less compared to the World Health Organization recommendation of 200 litres per person per year.
Kubula further said that DDA would like to see a gradual increase of milk consumption to happen over the coming years, which will in turn increase on the farmer’s income from raw milk sales to the processors, saying that DDA will also work with other processors that promote milk consumption everywhere.
Caroline Muchobia, Health and Nutrition Manager Fresh Dairy said; there is a high malnutrition rate among children under 5 years, which require intervention programs that will showcase the benefits of consuming yoghut.
“The Fresh Dairy school’s program is informed by the prevalence of malnutrition in children under 5 years of age in Uganda; that is persistently high with over 38 percent of them suffering from chronic malnutrition (stunting), 16 percent being underweight (low weight-for-age) and 6 percent are suffering from acute malnutrition (wasting, or low-weight-for-height). The Fresh Dairy school program is therefore an intervention initiative that uses entertainment in form of an engaging show, theatre, song and dance to educate children on nutrition and the benefits of consuming 1-Yoghurt-a-Day.”
Muchobia added that; Fresh Diary’s key priority areas are; Health and Nutrition, which she says is conducted through, promoting healthy nutrition through educational programs and services for both parents and healthcare professionals, Establishing common goals to measure improvement in dietary habits and improvement of short and long term health. He further said; investing in scientific research in the field of nutrition, and working with healthcare professionals to develop innovative solutions shall help improve the health of current and future generations.
The Deputy Head teacher City Parents School, Paul Richard Kasadha, thanked Fresh Dairy for running the school’s program that will go along-way in helping children learn more about the benefits of having a balanced diet, and more especially, the importance of including dairy products; as part of their daily meals.
The on-going Fresh Dairy school’s program is aimed at educating children on nutrition, with an inclination towards encouraging the consumption of 1-Yoghurt-a-Day’ as a healthy and nutritious snack. The program which started on 2nd July is scheduled to run the entire 2nd Term and will be held in 350 primary schools in Kampala, Mukono and Entebbe.