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Nestlé Cameroon and the Ministry of Public Health have organized a forum on
the theme: “responding to the nutritional challenges in Cameroon ". The
forum, under the high patronage of the Minister of Public Health, is a
gathering of government experts, civil society, academic societies,
academia and the private sector to discuss solutions to nutrition
challenges in Cameroon.
Malnutrition continues today to have a huge human and economic cost impact
in terms of expenditure on health and loss of productivity. Global data is
alarming. More than one in three people suffer from diet-related
malnutrition, and if this trend continues, it will be one in two people. In
Cameroon, the MICS 2014 survey shows that 32% of the population suffers
from chronic malnutrition, of which 13% is severe.
Given the complexity of these problems, a multi-stakeholder and
multi-sectoral approach is needed. The objective of this forum was
therefore to provide a platform for dialogue and dialogue to enable all the
actors concerned to propose ways of collective action to solve the
challenges of malnutrition.
Since Nestlé was founded more than 150 years ago, Nestlé is inspired by its
purpose: “enhancing the quality of life and contributing to a healthier
"Guided by government priorities, we are committed to helping address
nutritional challenges. We believe we can positively influence dietary
habits by offering healthier products, such as micronutrient-enriched foods
and beverages, as well as inspiring individuals to adopt healthier
lifestyles, "said Thomas Caso, Country Manager of Nestlé Cameroon. “Given
the complexity of nutrition-related problems, the private sector can and
should be part of the solution,” he added.
"35% of deaths of children under 5 years could have been prevented in
Cameroon simply by adopting a good diet. It is therefore important that
stakeholders in the field of nutrition work together on approaches and
implement existing strategies, “said HE André Mama Fouda, Minister of
Public Health of Cameroon. “We need a healthy human capital that can
guarantee sustainable economic growth and in line with our ambitions," he
The forum concluded with the announcement of four commitments made by
Nestlé's Maggi to 2020 to help make a difference by cooking with the brand.
Maggi will ensure that 100% of its products will be manufactured with more
common and familiar ingredients. Maggi will reduce by 22% the salt content
in its bouillons and cubes. Maggi will sensitize a minimum of 70 000 women
on the importance of healthy lifestyles. Maggi will create value for
society and the community by sourcing locally and enrolling 30,000 farmers
in agricultural training programs.
These commitments confirm the role that Maggi intends to play in
contributing to solving the nutritional challenges in Cameroon and in
helping to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). The second and third MDGs are aimed at eliminating hunger, ensuring
food security, nutrition and the promotion of sustainable agriculture, as
well as encouraging actions that enable everyone to live in good health.