OPUWO: A workshop on regional nutrition awareness and mobilisation which was set to take place at Opuwo last Tuesday has had to be postponed due to an apparent lack of interest by stakeholders.
The one-day workshop on nutrition in the Kunene Region, which was supposed to have been attended by at least 40 heads of line ministries, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, traditional leaders, community-based organisations and faith-based organisations, saw only five people turn up.
The workshop, which was organised by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) through the office of the Governor of the Kunene Region, was to take place at the community hall in Opuwo.
A decision was taken to move it to the Wednesday as it was thought that most officials were attending an event at the Opuwo State Hospital.
The other event which took place on Tuesday saw three ambulances handed over to the hospital and a ground-breaking ceremony held for the construction of a new maternity ward. It was attended by the Ambassador of Spain to Namibia, Maria Del Carmen Diez Orejas and Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Richard Kamwi.
To the surprise of the facilitators – Marjorie van Wyk and Rachael Mhango from the International Training and Education Centre for Health (I-TECH) – only the individuals who turned up the previous day were present at Wednesday’s event.
The low turnout was all the more disappointing as the workshop had valuable contributions to make to the region which is currently facing a drought situation.
According to Van Wyk, it was expected to share information and increase knowledge about steps that can be taken to mitigate malnutrition.
The workshop would come up with different plans of action to ensure that there are enough sources of nutrition produced in the country by all line ministries and private entities, according she said.
“We were to explore and hear from different participants about their role in the production of nutrition as it is a multi-stakeholder involvement responsibility,” Van Wyk indicated.
The regional nutrition awareness and mobilisation workshop has now been postponed to 14 August this year, with Opuwo once again being the planned venue.