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Improving child nutrition

29 July 2013

The new EU-funded “Improvement of child nutrition as one of the most effective strategies in protection of children’s rights and reduction of child poverty” project was launched on 12 July 2013 in the village of Panik in Shirak marz.
The project will operate in the town of Artik and in 23 surrounding villages in Shirak marz, as the child poverty index there is the highest in all of Armenia. In addition, Shirak marz has the highest infant mortality rate which indicates about the poor health and nutrition status of children.
The project has a timeframe of 18 months, a budget of €150,000, and is being implemented by the “Social and health development academy” educational NGO. According to the NGO, analysis shows that prevalence of stunted growth as a result of malnutrition is notably higher among children living in poor households in rural areas, and among children whose mothers have a lower level of education.
‘Stunting has very negative impact on a child’s mental and cognitive development; it prevents children from fulfilling their full mental and physical potential. The aim of our project is to educate and inform parents about the right and best ways to nourish children,’ said the NGO President Nelly Andikyan.

She added that almost 40% of children in Armenia aged under five years old lived in poor families; therefore, their proper nutrition should be a high-level priority in the country’s overall social policies and interventions.

The project team is actively collaborating with health authorities in Artik city and its surrounding villages, aimed at effectively implementing all project activities. Chief Paediatrician of Artik region, Dr Artashes Movrovyan, explained the importance of good nutrition and gave advice to the guests of the launch event, namely local mothers and young women. Movrovyan also answered questions on children’s healthcare asked by local parents.

Improving child nutrition

The new EU-funded “Improvement of child nutrition as one of the most effective strategies in protection of children’s rights and reduction of child poverty” project was launched on 12 July 2013 in the village of Panik in Shirak marz. The project will operate in the town of Artik and in 23 surrounding villages in Shirak marz, as the child poverty index there is the highest in all of Armenia. In addition, Shirak marz has the highest infant mortality rate which indicates about the poor health and nutrition status of children. The project has a timeframe of 18 months, a budget of €150,000, and is being implemented by the "Social and health development academy" educational NGO. According to the NGO, analysis shows that prevalence of stunted growth as a result of malnutrition is notably higher among children living in poor households in rural areas, and among children whose mothers have a lower level of education. ‘Stunting has very negative impact on a child’s mental and cognitive development; it prevents children from fulfilling their full mental and physical potential. The aim of our project is to educate and inform parents about the right and best ways to nourish children,’ said the NGO President Nelly Andikyan. She added that almost 40% of children in Armenia aged under five years old lived in poor families; therefore, their proper nutrition should be a high-level priority in the country’s overall social policies and interventions. The project team is actively collaborating with health authorities in Artik city and its surrounding villages, aimed at effectively implementing all project activities. Chief Paediatrician of Artik region, Dr Artashes Movrovyan, explained the importance of good nutrition and gave advice to the guests of the launch event, namely local mothers and young women. Movrovyan also answered questions on children’s healthcare asked by local parents.