NUTRITION & HEALTH

HHERF / NUTRITION & HEALTH

Nutrition plays a vital role in physical and mental wellbeing however, diet-related health conditions are on the rise, causing millions of deaths every year. A lack of quality nutrition can result in different health outcomes, from deficiencies or obesity to heart disease or even death.

This project focuses on two geographical regions that are affected by malnutrition in very different ways. 

  • Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates that struggles with a steep increase of non-communicable diseases caused by the country‘s obesity rate of 31%.
  • Abuja in Nigeria that counts a high number of maternal and infant deaths caused by severe nutrient deficiencies and undernourishment. 

The underlying causes of the health conditions in both countries are determined by their socio-economic structure.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The United Arab Emirates is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and underwent unrivaled development over the past decades. The small country developed from a rural desert destination to one of the leading nations in the world, famous for its glamorous metropolises and ultra luxury. 

Fast Food places popped up all around the country, offering extra convenience by offering 24/7 delivery. The hot and humid climate limits outdoor activities to the cooler winter months. 

The mix of poor food choices combined with physical inactivity laid the ground for an over-proportional increase in obesity. This situation was further fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic.

NIGERIA

With 200 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Even though the country is rich in natural resources such as oil, many people live in poverty. A large number of expecting mothers are underaged and lack knowledge of adequate child care. Even though Nigeria’s climate allows for a vast variety of fresh produce, many young women don’t know how to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families and suffer from malnutrition, which results in high rates of maternal and child mortality. 

THE IMPACT OF THIS PROJECT

Abu Dhabi, UAE:

Reduce non-communicable diseases and obesity by helping people to adopt a healthy diet. 

  1. Increase knowledge about the health challenges caused by obesity and a highly-processed diet.
  2. Increase knowledge about food and the ability to choose the right products.
  3. Bring knowledge from theory into practice.

Abuja, Nigeria: 

Reduce malnutrition in women of childbearing age and under-5 children.

  1. Teach women improved methods of cooking nutritious meals.
  2. Promote breastfeeding of infants and advise about the introduction of complementary foods for children aged six months and above.
  3. Improve hygiene and sanitation in households.

The project will run over a period of three years. 

This project is still in need of funding. If you are interested in supporting this cause financially or in kind or would like to volunteer in Nigeria or the UAE, please contact us here.