NutriFish Project Donates Enriched Maize meal to the Covid-19 National Taskforce
In response to the call to support fellow citizens by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, NutriFish Project donated 2.5 tonnes of maize meal enriched with mukene and amaranth (doodo) seeds. A 200g serving of the maize meal provides 32% energy, 40% protein, 28% iron, 56% zinc and 36% vitamin A of recommended daily requirements making it a complete meal for vulnerable groups (children under 5 years of age; pregnant and breast feeding mothers).
The donation worth 22 million Uganda shillings was handed over to Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, on the 4th, May 2020. NutriFish requested that the donation specifically be given to Mwanamugimu Nutrition Rehabilitation unit at Mulago Hospital. The fish and amaranth (doodo seeds) enriched composite flour will be used to prepare meals for mothers whose children are admitted, thereby offering healthier meals in comparison to ordinary maize flour.
The NutriFish Project team was led by the Principal Investigator Dr. Jackson Efitre (Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Entomology & Fisheries Sciences, College of Natural Sciences of Makerere University). Other members of the delegation were: Dr. Winnie Nkalubo - Director of Research, National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI); Dr. Anthony Taabu-Munyaho - Deputy Executive Secretary, LVFO; Assoc. Professor Dorothy Nakimbugwe - Founding Director of Nutreal Limited; and Dr. Esther Babirekere - Director Mwanamugimu Nutrition Unit, Mulago Hospital. The team was joined by Mrs. Joyce Ikwaput Nyeko, Assistant Commissioner Aquaculture, Directorate of Fisheries Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.
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