Former first lady of South Africa and Mozambique, and Global Women and Children’s Advocate, Graça Machel, is in Namibia to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the convention on children’s rights.
Machel arrived today on a three-day visit to support the Government and its partners to accelerate efforts to scale up nutrition and reduce stunting in the country. In addition, she will have an opportunity to launch the Nutrition Landscape Analysis Report, which depicts the Nutrition Situation in Namibia.
The visit, hosted by the Government of Namibia, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will highlight the urgent investments still needed to reduce stunting, poverty, and inequalities facing the country.
“I am very pleased to be in Namibia to learn about the progress made to realize the rights of Children to health and nutrition, education, and protection. I am keen on lending my support to accelerate Namibia’s efforts, especially in improving the well-being of children through promoting good nutrition. Namibia’s progress has been remarkable on economic growth and several social development fronts, but there are still disparities and high rates of chronic malnutrition among children under 5,” said Machel.
In welcoming her, Prime Minister Nahas Angula said Machel’s visit to Namibia is very critical to the work of Government and the Namibia Alliance of Improved Nutrition (NAFIN), in uplifting Namibia’s strategic advocacy towards improved nutrition in the country.
“As Namibia’s Government, we are committed to accelerate our efforts and mobilise more resources to ensure that we meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and make malnutrition history in Namibia,” Angula, who is also the Chairperson of NAFIN said.
During her visit, Machel, will meet with children, senior Government leaders, Parliamentarians, civil society organizations (NGO’s), and development partners, to better understand the situation of children and women in Namibia. She will lend her support by adding her voice in support of Namibia’s children, in particular, by contributing to advocacy and raising awareness on simple solutions available to reduce chronic malnutrition in Namibia. In addition, she will also have an opportunity to launch the Nutrition Landscape Analysis Report, which depicts the Nutrition Situation in Namibia.