The Cameroonian government is launching a program to reduce its population’s exposure to diet-related diseases by 50% by 2030. In a short time, actions will focus on reducing the global acute malnutrition rate among children under 5, the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté) announced.
"To achieve this goal, a mechanism for nutritional awareness and education adapted to the socio-cultural context of Cameroon will be put in place," reads the 2022 annual performance project of the Health Ministry. The mechanism includes the creation of a price support system to ease access to nutrients and food for infants and a national plan to fight malnutrition in pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 5. Ultimately, the government seeks to reinforce the sanitary safety of the food consumed by the population and improve the access to a healthy and balanced diet.
By now, this program is already showing encouraging results. According to figures compiled by the Minsanté, the global acute malnutrition rate among children under 5 slightly decreased from 5.5% in 2020 to 5% in 2022.
Michel Ange Nga