Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Uganda, has donated three metric tons of fortified food to the nodding disease victims in Northern Uganda, through the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Country Director ADRA Uganda, Thore Karlsson, handed over the food to the Minister for Relief, Disaster, Preparedness and Refugees Hon. Eng. Hillary Onek, at the Office of the Prime Minister premises at Clement Hill on 07th May, 2015.
The food mix donated contains broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, corn, garlic, green beans, lentils, onions, parsley, pasta, potato, rice, soy protein, peas, pea fibre, soy, pea protein and seasonings.
Over 3,000 children are affected by the nodding disease syndrome in northern Uganda, especially in the districts of Kitgum, Lamwo and Pader.
Children with this syndrome become physically and mentally retarded, malnourished, are prone to multiple injuries resulting from the numerous seizures and cause trauma to their families.
Nodding disease syndrome has affected productivity at household level, because the parents of the affected children are always monitoring their children at home, and can therefore not go out to work.
Most of the children affected by the syndrome are malnourished, and the highly nutritious food donated by ADRA will help in addressing the malnutrition element and improve the wellbeing of these children.
Hon. Onek thanked ADRA Uganda for their continued support and cooperation with OPM in its endeavour to relieve the suffering people of Uganda from effects of natural and human-induced disasters.
“I take note of ADRA’s many years of engagement with my office, from supporting resettlement programmes in Western Uganda, to responding to victims of natural disasters like landslides, and your commendable programme efforts in helping the people of Karamoja over the years,” said Hon. Onek.
ADRA Uganda has had a long and healthy relationship with the Government of Uganda, especially in the area of emergency response, as well as relief and resettlement services.
While handing over the food, Mr. Karlsson thanked the Minister for the opportunity to work with OPM and the Government of Uganda, as they do their best to serve and give relief and support to people living in challenging environments, hardships and distress.
“It’s against this relationship with the Office of the Prime Minister, and particularly your Department of Disaster Preparedness and Refugee Resettlement, that ADRA Uganda wishes to sincerely express our appreciation to your ministry and the Government for the good collaboration,” said Karlsson.