Nestlé, the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company, is helping address the need for continuous nutrition education and intervention programmes for healthcare professionals in Africa through the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA).
On 15th July, the NNIA, an independent not-for-profit organization, held a symposium for the scientific community and pediatricians of Cameroon under the theme “Low Birth Weight Baby: born too soon or too small”.
It also donated electronic baby weighs to Chantal Biya Foundation’s Centre Mother and Child, the prestigious institution founded by the wife of Cameroon’s Head of State.
The donation will help the Centre follow up the growth and weight of babies born with a low-birth weight.
Between 8 and 10 percent of babies in Central and West Africa are born with a low birth weight. This is often the consequence of poor nutritional status and inadequate nutritional intake for women during pregnancy. Low birth is a major determinant of mortality, morbidity and disability in infancy and childhood and also has a long-term impact on health outcomes in adult life.
The NNIA is part of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute, an independent not-for-profit organization that is the world’s largest private publisher of nutritional information. It engages with healthcare professionals, scientists and nutrition communities to share leading science-based nutritional education, resources and research, empowering them to promote good nutrition. Its work in Africa focuses on maternal, infant and young child nutrition and health.
Chantal Biya Foundation’s Mother and Child Centre aims to assist vulnerable segments of the population and combat hardship, including by ensuring the protection, education and social and health needs of mothers and children.
Nestlé is committed to promoting healthy nutrition of mothers, infants and young children through the provision of science-based nutritional solutions and services. It focuses on the importance of the right nutrition during the first critical 1000 days of a child’s life, which covers pre-pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life.