Tue. Aug 20th, 2019

UN hands over IT equipment to boost nutrition

THATO RAMAFU

Maseru – The United Nations this afternoon officially handed over electronic equipment comprising 20 laptops, 2 printers and a multi-function photocopier valued at US$40 000 (more than M500 000) to the Food and Nutrition Coordinating Office.

Mr Salvator Niyonzima, the United Nation’s Resident Co-ordinator, said: “On behalf of the United Nations in Lesotho I am honoured and pleased to participate in this handover of information and technology equipment to the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

“This equipment is brought to you by the United Nations network through the (REACH) renewed efforts against child hunger and under nutrition (programme).”

Niyonzima said REACH is, among other things, a global partnership committed to meeting the nutritional needs of the world’s most vulnerable children and women through evidence-based analysis and innovative programming that builds governments’ institutional capacity, while strengthening policy and planning skills and prioritizing scarce resources.

He said the initiative was established in Lesotho back in 2017 and it brings together the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and others.

Niyonzima added it is gratifying to know that with the funding from the Irish Aid REACH has been supporting Lesotho to strengthen multi-sectoral nutrition governance. It is through this assistance that REACH has supported Lesotho in strengthening multi-sectoral co-ordination for nutrition scale up.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Temeki Ts’olo thanked the UN for the important gifts adding the laptops will make work outside the office easy to smoothen life-saving actions and decisions are made on time.

His Majesty King Letsie III is the incumbent nutrition ambassador for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

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