Namutumba District is overwhelmingly affected by malnutrition. UDHA intends to give 2500 children below five years Vitamin A supplements in 4 most affected sub counties in Namutumba district.UDHA will work with various community health workers (CHWs) in communities that are hard to reach in the rural sub counties. The project intends to facilitate these CHWs with Income generating activities that will support them in mobilization, door to door and administration of the supplements
In 2011 Namutumba had an epidemic in which 40 children died due to malnutrition, 2300 children had severe malnutrition and 4000 children had moderate malnutrition. Malnutrition contributes to about 60% of childhood deaths in the country, erodes agricultural productivity, and makes poverty worse, according to another report titled "Malnutrition: Uganda is paying too high a price". Every one percent increase in malnutrition leads to a four percent increase in poverty. Thus a sustainable Project
Through CHWs, Vitamin supplements will distributed to 2500 children in 4 most hit sub counties in Namutumba. So as to sustain the project beyond the funding period, Goats will be distributed to CHWs as leverage to continue distributing the Vitamin A supplements. These will be trained in Vitamin A administration, Deworming and vaccinations that have uptake of 60% will also be educated upon and referrals will be facilitated to be effected.
The project will result into health and well growing children without threats of blindness among other things.
The project will reduce the medical expenditure of poor households in the target communities as the children receive continued vaccination and Vitamin A administration.
The Goats distributed along with the training in village loans and savings association will support 350 households raise household incomes and standard of living consequently.