Ooni of Ife, Ozolua partner to tackle malnutrition in Africa
His Imperial Majesty, Oonirisa Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, The Ooni of Ife, has partnered with Empower 54, a non-profit organization, to create awareness and promote solutions to end malnutrition in Africa, which presently kills 2.3 million children annually in Nigeria.
Empower 54 Project Inc is a US non-profit organization providing humanitarian assistance since 2003 through health, education, empowerment, and IDP/refugee programmes to underprivileged Africans.
According to the Founder and President, Empower 54, Princess Modupe Ozolua, Nigeria’s Minister of Health has said that about 33% of Nigerian Children under 5 years old suffer from chronic malnutrition which translates into very disturbing statistics and many innocent lives lost for lack of sensitization on early management of malnutrition and accessibility to free treatment.
She said further that after Empower 54 evacuated severely malnourished IDP children in Bama to Maiduguri last year, more need to be done to save children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) beyond evacuating them from high risk zones for treatment. There are countless non-IDP children suffering from SAM all over Nigeria and other parts of Africa that also need help.
“Empower 54 presently is working in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
His Imperial Majesty because of his humility to humanity supports Empower 54’s forward thinking and lives changing initiative, saying that the menace of malnutrition is creeping deeper into the fabric of our society and we must be tenacious in our fight against this colossal beast by creating a better mechanism; adopt policies and strategies that are capable of combating its rapid expansion.
“Africa is the wealth of the world with huge human and natural resources and we must form a consensus that would scale up nutrition projects for the greater developments of future leaders that are being crippled daily by our collective negligence.”