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Nigerian child health activist Mrs Lola Alonge has won the 2017 Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) award organised by the United Nations.

L-R: Dr..Beatrice Eluaka, Dr. Chris Isokpunwa (Federal Ministry of Health), Dr Francis Aminu (Dangote Foundation)

Alonge who is the Executive Director of Child Health Advocacy Initiative (CHAI) emerged the nutrition champion for Nigeria and was among the 18 shortlisted out of 50 nominations, for the award at the UN global level.

 

She became victorious after competing with various first ladies for the prominent award.

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Scaling up nutrition is a United Nations global movement to scale up nutrition and end malnutrition in various countries.

For over 20 years, Mrs. Alonge has spear-headed awareness campaign on breastfeeding through her NGO – Child Health Advocacy Initiative.

She played a vital role in moving nutrition and breastfeeding agenda forward through collaboration and support to government institutions, private sector and the media.

R-L) Mrs. Lola Alonge with Gerda Verburg (UN Assistant Secretary- General)

She is the author of two books titled: “Breastfeeding made easy” and “Baby and Child Care”.

The award is to create a platform to continue to advocate for good nutrition and end malnutrition in Nigeria.

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