The Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with its nutrition and health sector partners and the private sector is set to launch the mNutrition programme in Nigeria, in line with the Ministry’s National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition (NSPAN).
The mNutrition programme with funding from UKAid aims to support the scale-up of mHealth in nutrition, maternal and child health through developing commercially sustainable mHealth services that meet public health needs.
The Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with its nutrition partners and experts worked to develop an optimal set of stage-based nutrition messages across the life cycle and also aimed at specific health and nutrition improvements for pregnant women and their unborn children; new mothers with children under the age of two years.
“We believe that with the right intake and managed compliance, the result for Nigeria, in the long term will be markedly improved nutrition and maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality (MNCH) figures.”
“The goal of this programme is to support the ‘Every Woman,Every Child and Scaling up Nutrition Agenda, through the development and distribution of life-saving Nutrition mobile content with the aim of providing vulnerable pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of 2 access to a suite of basic health and nutrition information and education services, delivered through a consolidated access point on their mobile phones,” said Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, Director, Department of Family Health inthe Ministry.
The mNutrition programme outputs include; Nutrition framework, Factsheets and Mobile-ready content in voice and text, is to be launched at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja Hotel on the 9th March, 2017.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole will launch the programme on behalf of the Federal Government while stakeholders from within and outside the country including the GSMA Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, Akinwale Goodluck and other heads of agencies are expected to be in attendance.