Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigerian, CS-SUNN, has mobilised religious and traditional leaders to promote breastfeeding practices among nursing mothers and women of childbearing age in Kaduna State.
The religious and traditional leaders were mobilised, on Thursday, in Kaduna during a one-day sensitisation meeting with key community gatekeepers, organised by CS-SUNN, on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.
The meeting was also attended by breastfeeding mothers, women leaders and youths.
Mr. Silas Ideva, CS-SUNN Coordinator in the state said Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, 2017, showed that only 19.7 babies were exclusively breastfed in the state.
According to him, the low level of exclusive breastfeeding practices in the state is contributing to the high prevalence of malnutrition in the state, with 48.1 percent of children under-five years stunted.
The facilitator, Mr. Ibrahim Azara, Executive Director, Vulnerable Welfare Promotion Trust, an NGO, said that mobilising the religious and traditional leaders was strategic to improving exclusive breastfeeding practices.