Welcome to Team Work Afrika

Team Work Afrika (TWA) is a local based, non- governmental, non-profit making organization, dedicated to establishing and maintaining developmental programs, finding and providing opportunities for children who are victims of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cholera, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Pneumonia and absolute poverty, man-made and natural catastrophic conditions in Uganda. It was established in 2008, with an aim of promoting children’s rights and mobilizing resources for their well-being.

 

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Our Programs - Nutrition and Dietary Discipline

Nutrition and Dietary discipline


Malnutrition among children under two years of age is one of the leading challenges to reducing global hunger and can cause lifelong harm to health, productivity, and earning potential, according to the 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI). The Index scores countries based on three equally weighted indicators: the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight, and the child mortality rate. The biggest contributor to the global score is child under nutrition, which accounts for almost half of the score. Under this program, the organization has set up strategies to assist families fight against malnutrition, poor feeding related issues by sensitization the communities to engage on better methods of farming, improve on food production, dietary discipline among children under five years and pregnant women so as to end malnutrition in the Ugandan communities.

Team work afrika visited three districts of Kasese, Kabarole and Kyenjojo; identified more than 10 families affected by malnutrition and assisted only five house holds with improved seeds, medical treatment for the children, food supplements such as milk, vegetable, fruits and second clothes. More still the need is increasing arising from different climatic changes like flooding especially in the Kasese district and other neighboring areas.

A number of challenges are facing the population of Uganda. The population continues to face large scale poverty with an estimated 34% living on less than 1 USD a day according to the United Nations report 2006. Prevalence of HIV in adults (aged 15-49) is approximately 5.4% while an estimated 1,200,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS (UNICEF). In addition, Uganda has experienced over 20 years of conflict in its northern region which has displaced over 1.4 million people (UNHCR), are among the major factors that lead to high child mortality and a high proportion of people who cannot meet their calorie requirements. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty in the country.

It is our collective effort to accelerate the progress in reducing child malnutrition in order to help improve on child health, academic achievement and development.

Most children under the age of five in most parts of Africa are malnourished; this burden of child under-nutrition could be cut by 2016 to 25-36% by providing universal preventive health services and nutrition interventions for children under five and their mothers during pregnancy and lactation.“The health of women, specifically mothers, is crucial to reducing child malnutrition. Mothers who are poorly nourished as girls tend to give birth to underweight babies, perpetuating the cycle of under-nutrition”. Dietary discipline interventions should be targeted towards girls and women throughout the life cycle and especially as adolescents before they become pregnant.” Early life malnutrition is also associated with increased risk of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other non communicable diseases later in life.
Team work afrika is continuing to engage, empower communities and support those working at the local level to improve nutrition and dietary discipline especially for infants and pregnant women (Mothers)



Our organization will continue to raise awareness and advocating for proper nutrition by utilization of food to grow among juveniles, repair and maintain our bodies.

• Getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods in the right combinations
• Making smart choices about the foods you eat, develop and maintain good health
• Having nutrition knowledge and making smart choices about the foods you eat can and will help you achieve optimum health over your lifetime, and be a key to avoiding obesity, illness, and many of today’s most prevalent chronic diseases, nutrition is just one key to developing and maintaining good health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

 

Team work afrika has been able to support 10 children’s affected by malnutrition in five families of Kabarole and Kasese district, arising from different climatic changes like drought, flooding and lack of improved seeds.
Though, there is a lot more still to be done in providing dietary discipline knowledge especially knowing what to eat and getting what is good to eat and using them well.


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