The African Development Fund’s Board of Directors has approved a $31.2 million grant to Ethiopia to “increase access to multi-sectoral nutritional services for children under the age of five years, by boosting access to services for improved health, a more diverse and nutritious diet, and improving awareness, attitude, and practices on feeding, care, and hygiene,” according to a statement from the African Development Bank (ADB).
The Multi-sectoral Approach for Stunting Reduction Project (MASReP) will focus on forty districts or woredas in the Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.
Child malnutrition remains a major growth problem in Ethiopia, according to available evidence. Stunting affects about half of children under the age of five in the project’s focus area. Low dietary variety and limited access to safe drinking water are two factors that contribute to the prevalence of malnutrition.
The initiative is in line with Ethiopia’s Sequota Declaration (SD), which was signed in 2015 as a pledge to eliminate stunting in children under the age of two by 2030, with the national ministries of health, agriculture, water, irrigation, and electricity, education, women, children, and youth, labor and social relations, transportation, and finance leading the charge.