KEPSA Foundation Trustee and Better Business Practices for Children (BBPC) Project Technical Advisor, Ms. Gloria Ndekei represented KEPSA Foundation in a conference call on 7th April 2020, spearheaded by UNICEF for partners implementing the Maternal and Child Nutrition Program (MCNP) II in Kenya.
The focus of the meeting was to discuss MCNP II progress and way forward, and update and strategize on nutrition response in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during the meeting, Ms. Ndekei updated UNICEF and other partners of the economic management framework over COVID-19 and rebound strategy that KEPSA has developed to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic. She also added that KEPSA is working with and supporting the Government in addressing the pandemic through various initiatives.
On the BBPC project, Ms. Ndekei said that KEPSA Foundation is scheduling appropriate radio messaging on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition as well as conducting essential food distribution targeting the low urban settlements. This is to combat the negative nutrition impact on children and women that may arise during this crisis.
Other discussions featured the current and unfolding global recommendations of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in the context of COVID-19 with breastfeeding remaining as an integral component of programming response for young children. It also seeks for adherence to the International Code of Marketing for Breast Milk Substitutes and other unhealthy foods.