For the second year in a row, with support from the Ministry of Health, Nestlé Cameroon organized a multi stakeholder Nutrition Forum. The goal of the Forum was to bring together health professionals, teachers, researchers, civil society organizations and the media to exchange on ways to collectively address malnutrition in Cameroon.
Echoing the theme chosen for World Food Day, which is "A #ZeroHunger World by 2030 is possible", the various stakeholders discussed the specific issue of micronutrient deficiencies in Cameroon through the theme" Food Fortification: stakes and challenges to reduce hidden hunger by 2035 in Cameroon."
Micronutrient deficiencies are a major nutritional challenge that must be addressed for the well-being of Cameroonian individuals and families. In Cameroon more than 68% of children aged 0-5 years suffer from Iron deficiency anemia, 39% of children in this age group suffer from vitamin A deficiency and 35% of deaths of these children are related to malnutrition.
“Every day in Cameroon, individuals and families consume over 1 million servings of Nestle food and beverages fortified with micronutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin A, iodine as well as ingredients often lacking in daily diets ” said Thomas CASO, General Administrator, Nestlé Cameroun.
“Malnutrition, undernutrition and obesity are on the rise. Nestlé will continue to play its part to accelerate positive changes to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future” he added.
Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, Mr. André MAMA FOUDA said “ We value the contribution all sectors of society make in creating an environment where all parties take responsibility, contribute collectively and work to achieve common goals.”
In line with our Nestle purpose, which is to enhance the quality of life and contribute to a healthier future for Cameroonian individuals and families every day, Nestlé will continue to advocate for a collective and multi-sectoral approach towards tackling micronutrient deficiencies in Cameroon.