World Bank to Eliminate Extreme Poverty

The World Bank (WB) has projected that extreme poverty should be eliminated completely or reduced globally from 23% per cent to 3% by 2030.

Professor Donald Bundy, Lead Head and Education Specialist at the WB, who made the projection, expressed regret that many nations are experiencing tremendous economic growth yet the poor are not benefiting from progress. Professor Bundy was addressing participants attending an international course on School Health and Nutrition (SHN) in Elmina, Ghana on Monday. He said that currently approximately over one billion people in the world live in extreme poverty.

The School Health and Nutrition Course

The ten day course, which forms part of a series of SHN Courses for Africa, is being jointly organised by Partnership for Child Development, West Africa International Parasite Control of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical research and Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasitic Control.

It is the ninth edition and is being attended by representatives from ministries of health, education, gender and social development, SHN experts, civil society and academicians from 13 countries including Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola China, United Kingdom, Cameroun and The Gambia.

It will offer participants the platform to brainstorm on strategies to improve the nutrition value of the School Feeding Programme and to enhance the health status of children particularly in Sub Saharan Africa Region.

Learning from the Ghana School Feeding Programme

Participants will also be able to learn from the Ghana School Feeding Programme. Coordinator of the programme, Mr Seidu Adamu in an interview with Ghana News Agency said the government is seeking funds to expand the programme. 

The target is to reach out to all the 4.4 million school children nationwide. Currently, 1.6 million pupils nationwide are enjoying the school feeding programme.

Mr Adamu said the programme is collaborating with the World Bank to improve the nutrition content of the beneficiaries through locally produced fortified foods.

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