Nigeria – The Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) project, is a World Bank-assisted project that came to Plateau following the state government’s commitment to improving the nutritional status of under-5 children in the state.
The development objective of the project is to increase utilization of quality, cost-effective nutrition services for pregnant & lactating women, adolescent girls & children under 5 years of age in the 12 benefiting States, including Plateau.
It also aims at providing intermittent preventive malaria treatment for pregnant women during antenatal, among others.
Speaking during the contract signing between ANRiN & Solina Health, for ‘Consulting Services for the Provision of Community-Based Basic Package of Nutrition Services, Plateau state commissioner for Health, Nimkong Lar, decried the high number of stunted children across the state, describing it as unacceptable & hoped the indices will be more favourable with the signing of the contract.
Dr Lar reiterated government resolve to improve the nutritional status of children & increase knowledge of mothers & caregivers of children 0-23 months on improved behaviour to maternal, infant & young child feeding.
Chief Executive Officer, Solina Health, Dr Muyi Aina, assured of the provision of quality services to the state in line with contract specification.
Project Coordinator, ANRiN, Dr Paul Ganjang, commended the government for according priority to the health sector & expressed optimism that Plateau will immensely benefit from the provision of a community based basic package of Nutrition services.
Seven firms bidded for the contract, out of which Solina Health won the award.
The project is expected to end in December 2023.