First Lady Mrs.Rebecca Akufo-Addo Has today 30th May,2017 Launched the “Reducing Malaria and Malnutrition Initiative” as part of efforts to encourage participation of communities across Ghana to help address incidents of malaria and malnutrition especially among the most vulnerable members of our population.
Launching the initiative, the First Lady stated that throughout her work with Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation, she has realized that Malaria and malnutrition are two of the critical conditions that have had negative influence on our vulnerable population for years. These effects she stated ranges from “untimely death of children, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups from Malaria, to stunting, decreased ability to learn and reduced school performance among children as a result of malnutrition.”
She further stated that for pregnant women especially, “if left untreated, Malaria can result in anaemia, low birth weight and permanent disabilities such as blindness. She noted that for these conditions that are preventable “it is not acceptable that in this day and age, Ghana should lose any child or pregnant woman to Malaria or under-nutrition.”