Dangote Foundation Nutrition Programme
Rossella worked with a group of highly specialised, and motivated Nigerian doctors in preparing a multisector programme aimed at combating child malnutrition in the Northern regions of the country and contributing to the treatment of 1 million children affected by Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and improving the lives of 1 million SAM affected families. The Dangote Foundation selected this programme for financing within its USD 140 million nutrition intervention.
The programme would support the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), on one side, and invest, on the other, on raising awareness on adequate nutrition, proper hygiene, food preparation and sanitation practices while improving livelihoods systems of SAM affected families.
Rossella proposed to anchor the long-term elements of the programme within community-based institutions mandated to mobilise their communities to improve their socio-economic and health conditions, including their nutritional outcomes, and thus improve their capacity to respond to external shocks, combat seasonality of malnutrition and disease outbreak and become more resilient. Rossella also proposed to support women’s self-help groups in each target village to help communities tackle the issues related to intra-household food distribution and gender equality including the possibility for women to earn incomes and participate in family decision making also on financial matters.