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African Development Bank, Big Win Philanthropy, Dangote Foundation launch ambitious plan to improve child nutrition, fight stunting

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Objective: to contribute to a 40% reduction in stunting in African children aged under 5 by 2025

Working with Big Win Philanthropy and Aliko Dangote Foundation, the African Development Bank has unveiled a new Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan that aims at raising investments towards reducing stunting by 40% in African children aged under 5 by 2025.

Africa loses $25 billion per year in costs attributed to child morbidity and mortality, impaired cognitive, physical, and economic development caused by malnutrition. Yet these losses are almost entirely preventable.

The ambitious Action Plan is looking for additional support and commitments from governments for nutrition.

Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank, stressed the importance of engaging energetically and substantially with the private sector, “if we want to achieve long-lasting results.”

Through the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan, the Bank commits to scale up the proportion of investments that are ‘nutrition-smart’ in agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene, social and health sectors.

“In terms of human development, nutrition is as important as investments in infrastructure and power in stimulating economic growth. Big Win Philanthropy is thrilled with President Adesina’s leadership in giving greater priority to nutrition and the wider human capital investment agenda,” said Jamie Cooper, Chair and President, Big Win Philanthropy.

“By leveraging investments across five sectors, and encouraging its member countries to do the same, the African Development Bank is achieving ‘double wins’ for every dollar spent: improving lives and generating economic growth.”

Nutrition is inextricably linked to the Bank’s High 5 priorities: nutrition-smart investments could be catalytic for realizing equitable growth agenda.

Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, said, “We know we cannot do this by ourselves, so it made sense to put money at the African Development Bank to develop this nutrition strategy. We are really happy to see the strategy come together following a two-year journey.”

In 2017, more than a third of the world’s stunted children under the age of five lived in Africa with stunting rates ranging from 35.6% in East Africa to 32.1%, 29.9%, 29.1%, and 17.3% in Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and Northern Africa respectively, according to the Plan, which also revealed that Africa is the only region in the world where the number of stunted children has risen in the past few years.

The Plan will focus on integrating nutrition smart interventions into projects in the Bank’s extensive agriculture pipeline. The Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy executes the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) goals of contributing to elimination of extreme hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. In addition to improved productivity, the Action Plan looks into the potential to nourish Africa, by including commodity value chains that offer broad-based nutrition value, instead of just calories.

This will include leveraging flagship initiatives including Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), the Staple Crop Processing Zones Programme, and Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks.

To realise its human and economic potential, Africa must invest in nutrition – particularly during the 1,000 days between conception and the age of two – as a crucial foundation for productivity later in life, said Oley Dibba-Wadda, the Bank’s Director Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development Department.

“The African continent has the potential to become a powerhouse of productivity in the 21st century but cannot sustain rates of economic growth and at the same time integrate its burgeoning youth population without addressing these high rates of stunting.”

The Bank is strengthening political engagement and building partnerships by enlisting Heads of State, ministers, and eminent leaders as champions to spur and build a high-level political movement and leadership for nutrition, known as the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN), which was endorsed by the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU) at the 30th Ordinary AU Summit, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 31 January 2018.

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Shell Delivers N150M Capacity Development Programme For Bonny Youths

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SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, who handed over the service entry and final settlement to the beneficiaries in Port Harcourt described the initiative as a product of continuous effort by SPDC and its joint venture partners to empower youths, promote Nigerian content and support community participation in Nigeria’s oil and gas value chain.

Weli said, “Developing local skills, talent and contracting capacity in the Nigerian oil and gas industry is very important to SPDC and its partners. That is why we have continued to embark on programmes and projects that have sustainable impact on our host communities and the Nigerian economy. “This is a demonstration of how much benefit a conducive business environment and cordial relationship between host communities and industry players can bring to the people.”

Weli commended the beneficiaries for their industry and determination to champion entrepreneurial rebirth among youths on Bonny Island. He encouraged the beneficiaries to always keep an optimistic business mindset and to translate the opportunities into further empowering others.

The capacity development initiative included one-year vocational training, and obtaining Level 1 City and Guilds certification. The beneficiaries also received equipment and materials worth over N50million in addition to start-up grants.

One of the beneficiaries, Christopher Irimagha, described the opportunity as ‘life-changing’. “The training has been beneficial in positioning us for success in our community.”

This initiative is in addition to SPDC’s 16-year-old Shell LiveWIRE, a flagship enterprise development programme designed to help young people explore the option of starting their own business as a real and viable career option. It provides training, finance, and business mentorship for young entrepreneurs.

Launched in Nigeria in 2003, Shell LiveWIRE has produced thousands of Niger Delta entrepreneurs most of whom are now employers of labour. Some of the beneficiaries are also given the opportunity to play in SPDC’s supply chain as vendors and are provided with access to growth capital.

– SPDC

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HealthPoint Promote Health Inclusion For Widows And Orphans In Nigeria

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As part of its vision to promote health care inclusion for all in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, Healthpoint has commenced its free health insurance cover for widows, orphans and the less privileged in Nigeria.

Healthpoint is Nigeria’s first on-demand health plan retailer providing health insurance plans at an affordable rate using the monthly subscriptions model.

The exercise which took place recently is one of the startup’s efforts to promote health inclusion, redress health and social inequalities in the country by providing affordable and effective health intervention for the underserved and marginalized population in Nigeria and beyond. This year’s beneficiaries sprang from four orphanages; vulnerable children care homes as well as widows in Nigeria.

The free health insurance which covers a period of one year will cater for the medical consultations, treatments, tests, prescriptions and drugs of the beneficiaries.

Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Kemi Ayinde stated that the exercise is part of its mission to ensure that everyone in spite of their pocket size is able access proper health care and medical attention when needed.

The startup which is only a few months old provides healthcare solutions right at your fingertips for as low as ₦800 monthly. The Healthpoint app also offers various unique health services like the Doctor-on-Call Service that allows subscribers contact medical specialist for quick consultations, book appointment and follow-ups from anywhere around the world.

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With just six months gone since its establishment, Healthpoint is leading the campaign to promote Health inclusiveness and implement innovative health finance solutions that accommodates everyone from all social levels in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

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BHGE contributes to Mozambique Cyclone Relief Efforts with $50,000 donation to victims

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The donated sum made to Red Cross Mozambique, will support relief and victim support expenses such as food, water, shelter, medical supplies and other essentials

MAPUTO, Mozambique — Both companies supporting relief efforts in the most affected locationsEmployees also providing support by donating necessities.

MAPUTO, Mozambique, March 27, 2019/ — Both companies supporting relief efforts in the most affected locationsEmployees also providing support by donating necessities.

Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) (BHGE.com) announced today its donation of $50,000 to the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Mozambique, in the wake of Cyclone Idai, which devastated large parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi on March 14, 2019.

The donated sum made to Red Cross Mozambique, will support relief and victim support expenses such as food, water, shelter, medical supplies and other essentials. Likewise, employees have made individual contributions of funds and essentials to support ongoing relief efforts.

In expressing his condolences, Ado Oseragbaje President & CEO, BHGE Sub-Saharan Africa said “it is heartbreaking to see the scale of devastation wrought by the cyclone on innocent lives, particularly in Mozambique. With this contribution to the Red Cross purse, we are complementing efforts to help the affected communities get back on their feet.”

In addition, Farid Fezoua, President & CEO GE Africa stated: “Given our established presence in the country, we share in the deep pain of the people of Mozambique and in particular, the communities directly affected by the cyclone. We stand with them at this difficult time” he added. “We hope this donation helps provide the needed support for the people affected.”

BHGE has operated in Mozambique since 2014 with offices in Maputo and Pemba. Through the extensive supply chains, the company, directly and indirectly, employs several Mozambicans. Also, as champions of localization, BHGE invests heavily in the empowerment, skills development and transfer across multiple economic sectors.

– GE Africa

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