ACCRA, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) have signed a partnership agreement to support common visions of health development, food, nutrition and biodiversity.
The agreement was signed here Tuesday on the sidelines of a five-day Forum on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Health for the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) sub-region, currently underway in Accra.
The agreement will promote health and nutrition education for improved lifestyles, good dietary behaviour, including appropriate energy intake, adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables, avoidance of tobacco and harmful use of alcohol, as well as physical activity and regular medical check-ups.
The agreement, which also seeks to enhance operational research aimed at reducing the incidence and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) related to morbidity, was signed by Dr Xavier Crespin, the Director General of the WAHO, and Bukar Tijani, the FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa.
Tijani said the co-operation agreement would define the modalities of collaboration between the WAHO and the FAO for the implementation of joint activities related to health under the “One Health approach”, food and nutrition security issues, particularly those regional in nature, in order to substantially improve the health and well-being of the population of the Ecowas sub-region.
Dr Crespin said both parties had registered their resolve to accelerate the progress of the agreement to achieve food and nutrition security, using local food systems of the West African region through programme implementation and research.
It is our expectation that the partnership would tackle problems pertaining to public health, animal health and the environment in West Africa through the ‘One Health’ approach, he added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK