The County Government has received additional 2.1 Million Micro Nutrient Powder (MNPs) for maternal and child health promotion across the County.
The MNPs were given to the County by Nutrition International (NI) which has been supporting Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health (ENRICH) programme which is funded by World Vision Canada.
The 2.1 million MNPs are an addition to 843,000 MNPs which have already been distributed since the start of the Enrich programme in 2016 todate.
Nutrition International Country Director, Martha Nyagaya announced a further support of Ksh 1.4 Million to the County for Corona Virus Pandemic response.
Speaking in Iten County Refferal hospital Nyagaya said that Elgeyo Marakwet had used the Ksh 25.5 Million disbursed to the County in a prudent manner adding that the County had passed the accountability test.
“We are satisfied with the manner in which the funds were utilized as well as the implementation of the programme,” said Nyagaya.
Acting Health CEC Isaac Kamar said the ENRICH programme has had a huge impact in the nutrition of children and mothers in the County and assured the partners of commitment by the County Government to scale up successes already witnessed.
He cited the promotion of bio fortified high iron beans and orange flesh potatoes as well as indigenous vegetables saying consumption of the food by residents had gone a long way to improve health particularly addressing challenges of stunted growth in children.
“Based on the mid-term evaluation of the programme, the County had already worked out strategies to ensure sustainability”,noted Kamar.