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ECOWAS Begins Nutrition Forum Here

The Economic Community West African States (ECOWAS) on Monday, November 18, 2019 began its 6th Nutrition Forum in Monrovia to discuss key issues surrounding nutrition across the sub region.

The forum, which is being held at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town on the outskirt of Monrovia, is held under the theme: “Adolescent nutrition Institutionalizing Sustainable action for improved outcomes in west Africa."

The program is being attended by several members of the regional body, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, UN Representative, Liberia’s Ministries of Health, Gender, Children and Social Protection among others.

Speaking at the forum, Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor said the program came at the time where the government of Liberia and partners are currently working out modalities for nutrition.
She said while it is true that adolescent in Liberia are those who suffer from malnutrition, the government and partners are working in other to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (ADGs) by 2030.

“This program has also been captured in our government’s developmental agenda and so this meeting comes at the right time in the right place,” said VP Howard-Taylor.

Health Minister Dr. Willimina Jallah, stressed the urgent need for collaborative effort in order to tackle nutrition among adolescent.

She said nutrition is an important area in which no stakeholders can overlook in any nation, stressing that it is good for Liberia and other ECOWAS countries to always work together in making the region free from malnutrition.

“In our region, malnutrition is sometimes caused by low education. The health sector must also play a major role in making its vision come to past and others will follow,” she added.

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