Malnutrition is one of the most pressing problems in the Ibo District. In fact, 51.4% of children between 6 months and 5 years old suffer from chronic malnutrition, one of the highest rates in Mozambique.
One of the main problems people face is a lack of access to a balanced, varied diet, and an unstable food supply, two factors that make development at a local level very difficult.
The project has been divided into three parts:
- Carrying out a nutritional survey. This study, based on fieldwork, shows us the nutritional state of the population, (particularly amongst children). We use this survey to help us build a picture of the situation on the island, and it is a key reference point for our close work with the island population.
- Creation of the centre. We have renovated an abandoned building in Ibo, alongside local people and institutions. The centre was opened in March 2010.
- Development of the Nutritional Education Programme. The Nutritional Centre has helped over 5000 people. The importance of our programme lies in its long-term sustainability, since rather than handing out nutritional supplements, it has formulated five recipes for nutritionally enriched porridge which people can easily make using local produce.