지난 10월 4일, 케냐 나이로비 세레나 호텔(Serena Hotel) 컨퍼런스홀에서 '나이로비 슬럼가 빈곤층 아동 및 임산, 수유부 영양 개선을 위한 건강 간식 개발 사업(Lishe Poa Maisha Bora)' 출범식이 열렸습니다.
행사에는 케냐 보건부, 나이로비 주정부, 사업운영위원회, 지역보건봉사요원, Citizen TV 등 정부 및 언론 관계자 100여 명이 참석했습니다. 주요 참석자로는 피터 체루티치(Peter Cherutich) 케냐 보건부 부국장, 루시안 코이요(Lucian Koiyo) 나이로비 보건 디렉터, 신혜영 KOICA 케냐 사무소장, 자밀라 모하메드(Jamila Mohammed) Citizen TV 앵커, 아미나 압둘라(Amina Abdulla) 컨선월드와이드 케냐 사무소장 등이 있었으며, 케냐와 한국, 그리고 정부와 민간 모두가 사업이 성공적으로 완수될 수 있도록 협력을 약속했습니다.
이 사업은 한국국제협력단(KOICA)의 ‘혁신적 파트너십 프로그램(IPS: Innovative Partnership Solution)’의 일환으로 진행되는 건으로, 나이로비 외곽 빈민촌에 거주하는 아동과 임산부의 영양과 건강을 개선시키는 영양 식품(Snack)을 개발하고 이를 저렴하게 판매하여 지속가능한 영양지원사업을 구축하는 것을 목표로 합니다. 사업은 2018년 7월부터 2023년 3월까지 총 5년간 진행될 예정입니다. (자세한 내용은 '컨선, KOICA 혁신사업 파트너로 선정' 참고, 2018.08.06)
Background of "Lishe Poa, Maisha Poa"Nairobi has the highest number of stunted children in the county with 104,074 cases, which means one in every three children in Nairobi’s informal settlement is stunted, according to the malnutrition assessment Concern conducted in August. For most mothers and their babies in informal settlements in Nairobi city, reliance on unhealthy street foods like Chips Mwitu and Bhajias, which is cheap but poor in nutrition, is very high. To address this situation, Concern Kenya with supported by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) launched the project called "Lishe Poa Maisha Bora (Nutrition for Better Life)" to improve health and nutrition status of children under five, pregnant women and lactation mothers in Nairobi city’s informal settlements by providing nutritious and affordable food snacks which Concern will develop further in private and public partnership and by promoting improved food and health practices.
The Launch of the ProjectConcern Kenya had the launch ceremony of the project on Oct. 4th at Conference hall of Serena Hotel with key stakeholders from Government, UN agencies, KOICA and Health unit in Nairobi. The ceremony sensitized stakeholders about the project, authorized the steering committee and reported the Nairobi County Maternal Young Child Infant Nutrition (MIYCN) Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) strategy.
Details of the Launch CeremonyDate: October 4, 2018
Venue: Conference Hall at Serena Hotel
- Ministry of Health: Dr. Peter Cherutich (Head of Directorate of preventive and promotive health)
- Nairobi City County: Lucian Koiyo (Health Director)
- Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) Kenya office: Hye Young Shin (Country Director)
- Concern Worldwide Kenya: Amina Abdulla (Country Director)
- Media: Jamila Mohammed (Ambassador of the project, Citizen TV Anchor)
- Nutrition and Dietetics Unit
- UNICEF Representative
- Cabinet Executive Committee
- Research Institutions
- Academic Institutions
- Nutrition partners
The Impact of the LaunchThe project successfully brought many key stakeholders especially from MoH including the Health Director in Nairobi county to the ceremony and promoted the purpose, activities and expected outcomes of the project to them. Most of participants agreed with and supported the project, so after the ceremony posted about the project on their SNS to share this new partnership and innovative approaches.
Jamila, who participated in the ceremony as goodwill ambassador, praised the project for the empowering message in the ceremony and continuously encourages the project by sharing the pictures and the news in her Twitter account. These movements introduced the project to many indirect stakeholders and made us seek further partnership with KOICA in Kenya.
Proper nutrition for children, mothers in slums, Kenya CitizenTV, 2018.09.29.
Feeding program to address malnutrition launched in Nairobi, Capital FM Kenya, 2018.10.04.
Video and Event Sketches
Lishe Poa Maisha Bora, YouTube, Concern Worldwide Kenya