The Resident Representative of the United Nations for International Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that the UN has renewed efforts against child hunger and that it’s supporting The Gambia Government through mechanisms to ensure that all those in need have access to nutrition.
UNICEFSara Beysolow Nyanti, who had an audience with the Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, described her courtesy call on the Vice President as very successful, pointing out that two key agendas, in social protection and nutrition, have been discussed. Both issues, she said, are crosscutting and require multi-sectoral responses.
Madam Nyanti informed journalists that they discussed nutrition and Her Excellency’s leadership agenda in The Gambia and how UNICEF and the rest of the UN system can support the Government of The Gambia to strengthen coordination and intervention to ensure that the most vulnerable are helped.
According to her, nutrition involves several different mandates such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and the role of Education Ministry as well. “So you have a cross-sector nature of work around nutrition,” she said.
The UNICEF Representative in The Gambia commended The Gambian First Lady Madam Zineb Yahya Jammeh for her focus on the agendas of social protection and nutrition.
She disclosed that The Gambia’s Vice President has also renewed her commitment to ensure resources are optimised for children.