United States Joins Kenya for Culmination of National Nutrition Week

The U.S. Government Devotes Approximately Ksh 1.4 Billion Yearly to Nutrition Activities in Kenya

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman joined Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Health James Macharia on September 5, for the culmination of National Nutrition Week, and to launch the revised national nutrition and HIV guidelines, which were developed with support from USAID.  The U.S. government is committed to weaving high-impact nutrition into its development activities, devoting approximately Ksh 1.4 billion yearly to nutrition in Kenya through its Feed the Future, Global Health Initiative, and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

For individuals living with HIV and AIDS, proper nutrition is essential for maintaining health and quality of life.  USAID’s Nutrition and HIV Program procures and distributes nutrition commodities for those that need it the most, individuals living with HIV and AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children.  Good nutrition contributes to slowing the progression of HIV.  It also helps optimize the benefits of antiretroviral drugs and increases compliance with treatment regimens, which helps prevent and eliminate the transmission of HIV from mother to child.

“Adequate nutrition is absolutely necessary for a healthy, productive life; furthermore, it contributes to a robust, productive workforce that drives economic growth and poverty reduction.  Scaling up nutrition will help Kenya achieve its Millennium Development Goals, and will contribute to the realization of the social and economic objectives of Vision 2030,” said U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec.

USAID is the U.S. government agency responsible for administering civilian foreign aid.