Gates and Dangote fight malnutrition in Nigeria

Jan 25, 2016 Some of the world’s richest people recently teamed up in the fight against malnutrition in Nigeria. The chairman of the Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, announced this  in Abuja with Bill Gates.

The program hopes to help at least five million families by 2020.

Speaking about this, Dangote said”

“The Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates partnerships, both foundations now have clear and feasible nutrition strategies and will work collaboratively to address the problem of under nutrition in Nigeria until the year 2020 and beyond. The partnership will commit the sum of 100 million dollars to addressing malnutrition in Nigeria between now and 2020,”

Also speaking on the imitative, Bill said

“For every child who dies there are four to five children who survived and yet because of malnutrition they never developed physically and mentally and so the key resource of Nigeria which is its young population and the incredible capabilities that can be unleashed from all those people is greatly damaged if we don’t solve malnutrition,”

The two foundations said they will work closely with the government, private sector and civil societies as they have done for other health projects.

The former Microsoft boss, Bill Gates   said eradicating malnutrition among the country’s children would go a long way to building a stronger future for the country.

“For every child who dies there are four to five children who survived and yet because of malnutrition they never developed physically and mentally and so the key resource of Nigeria which is its young population and the incredible capabilities that can be unleashed from all those people is greatly damaged if we don’t solve malnutrition…So this is a new emphasis on nutrition, I think we can have a very big impact here. You know we started discussion with the government on how we partner together on these things as part of the trip I had here and so we have a high expectation for what we can do,”

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