AYGF provides 2 million nutritional services to households and families

A frontline non-governmental organization, Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF) said it has provided more than two million nutrition services to households and families (pregnant and lactating women and children under five) under the theme. public health (nutrition) in Nigeria. .

The organization also disclosed that it has enrolled over 500,000 beneficiaries under the World Bank-funded Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) project.

AYGF Executive Director Dr. Arome Salifu made the revelation yesterday during the foundation’s 16th anniversary celebration and town hall meeting in Abuja. He said the achievement was part of his intervention to fight malnutrition in Nigeria.

Salifu also said, “We have worked successfully with IOM, the German government and several Nigerian government ministries and agencies to impact over 5 million lives on migration and migration support and advocacy. development”.

Apart from this, Salifu told the rally at the Ladi Kwali Hall of Sheraton Hotels and Towers that his foundation had supported the Nigerian government in registering over 50,000 Nigerians and IDPs with their biometrics as part of the exercise. NIN registration in progress after obtaining the license. by NIMC.

According to him, over the years, AYGF has impacted millions of lives across the seven thematic areas (livelihoods, migration, public health, PVE/CVE, education, governance and climate change) through several funded projects and unfunded.

Meanwhile, the Country Director of Care International, Dr Hussaini Abdu, who delivered the keynote address at the event, revealed that there are around 51 international NGOs responding to the humanitarian situation in the north. -eastern Nigeria.

He said 70% of health funding in Nigeria comes from personal pockets. “It’s the worst in the world. Each of us supports either one of our loved ones who is sick and hospitalized,” he said. He spoke about the government’s failure to provide quality and affordable healthcare to Nigerians.

Speaking on the topic, “Strengthening Relations Between Non-State Actors and Donor Partners”, Abdu said a huge gap has been created as a result of the government’s failure to fulfill its responsibilities in emphasizing that government alone cannot provide all that is needed for quality human resources. living.

Abdu said that despite GDP growth over the years, unemployment, inequality and poverty rates in Nigeria have increased over the same period. He said governments at all levels have failed to ensure development.

He said ideas leading to development must come from within, although he acknowledged learning from the experiences of others. He said NGO interventions are palliatives that cannot really guarantee development but help stabilize nations to achieve development in specific areas.

Niger State Commissioner for Health Dr Mohammed Makusidi says AYGF has helped empower the state with evidence-based tools and results to get the government to release N140 million to support nutrition in the state.