Deputy United Nations Secretary General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro checks a malnourished baby in Zambia that is given WFP food assistance to improve her health. Photo: WFP/Mark Maseko
The Deputy United Nations Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, visited the Kamwala Clinic in Lusaka in December to see nutrition and electronic food voucher programmes in operation. These are implemented by the United Nations through the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and local NGOs.
Under WFP's Mobile Delivery and Tracking System, participants present electronic vouchers at local retailers to obtain food for their malnourished children. As well as witnessing this, Dr. Migiro was able to see Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTS) in action. Under this UNICEF-supported scheme, malnourished children are provided with supplementary nutritional assistance.
Dr. Migiro was in Zambia to represent the UN Secretary-General at the Special Summit on Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes Region. She was joined on the visit by Mr. Domiciano Mulenga, the Permanent Secretary of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), Dr. Iyorlumun J. Uhaa, UNICEF Representative, Mr. Pablo Recalde, WFP Representative and Dr. Clara Mbwili, Director of the Lusaka District Health Management Team (DHMT).
Dr. Migiro praised the Zambian government for instigating programmes to tackle food insecurity and malnutrition. She pledged continued UN support to help Zambia attain the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.She also acknowledged Zambia’s estimated six percent annual economic growth and called for continued donor support for poverty alleviation programmes.
She said that the UN was supporting the Zambian Government through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in implementing a holistic approach to addressing development issues. Mr. Mulenga thanked the UN for its support for disaster risk reduction programmes. Dr. Mbwili said that UN support had helped improve people’s lives in terms of both health and development.