A.A. Adongo, Upper East Region-based reporter for the Ghana News Agency has won the Nestlé “Special Award for Nutrition” at the 25th Ghana Journalists Association Awards (GJA). Anthony won the award with a feature titled “Achieving nutritional security through soilless vegetable production”. The article reveals among many important facts that an average Ghanaian consumes 1.5 percent portion of fruits and 2.3 percent portion of vegetables daily, which is not up to required minimum per WHO requirement of 4 – 6% percent per day to fight communicable diseases.
Commenting on his award, Anthony said, “I am really grateful to be honored in this manner and I see this as a challenge to learn more, write more on nutrition related topics which are very key to the health and wellbeing of Ghanaians”. He thanked the GJA and Nestlé Ghana for the recognition.
Deborah Kwablah, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Ghana at the Awards Ceremony shared that Nestlé signed the partnership agreement with the Ghana Journalists Association 2 years ago to drive journalists’ focus and attention to nutrition related challenges faced by individuals and families in Ghana. She noted that education through media reporting is a paramount trigger to behavioral change to help improve the health and wellbeing of Ghanaians. She thanked the GJA for their commitment to the partnership and encouraged journalists to tell stories on nutrition.
In other endeavors, Nestlé Ghana is championing a campaign on Iron Deficiency known as the “Live Strong with iron Campaign” that raises awareness of iron deficiency in Ghana which mostly affect women and children. The campaign encourages the consumption of iron rich and iron fortified foods. These initiatives bring to life Nestlé’s purpose of ‘unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone today, and for generations to come’, and contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing.