During her visit, Gerda also met with the First Lady, Mrs. Fatima Bio, who is not only an advocate of better nutrition but also chairs a regional campaign called ‘Hands off our Girls’. Both the current UNN-REACH facilitator, Sulaiman Sowe, as well as the former, Dr. Philip Kanu, were represented during the meeting with the First Lady. Dr. Kanu is the co-chair of the campaign, which works to reduce teenage pregnancies and to protect girls. Empirical evidence suggests that there are links between adolescent pregnancies, low birthweight (under 2.5 kg), stunting and overweight and obesity. 
Pledges were made including a committee organized by the Vice President that would include line ministers and civil society to make commitments leading up to the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) summit that takes place in Tokyo, December 2020. Finally, President Julius Maada Bio, who was attending an African Union summit in Addis Ababa at the same time, offered to become the ‘nutrition champion’ for the country, in coordination with the First Lady’s campaign.
Photo credits @ WFP/Evelyn Fey
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