Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote on Thursday (January 21) pledged to donate $100m to fight malnutrition in Nigeria. The partnership between the two foundations was announced at a news conference in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Both philanthropists had on Wednesday, January 20, stated their commitment to ensure that Nigeria wins the fight against polio, at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bill-gates-nigerias-aliko-dangote-pledge-100m-malnutrition-nigeria-1539360 the $100million pledge is expected to be expanded over the next five years (2016-2020). The donation aims at fighting against malnutrition and improve the lives of at least five million families by 2020.
More than half a million children in Nigeria face severe malnutrition in a humanitarian crisis that has largely gone unnoticed. One in five Nigerian children are malnourished and more than one in three children suffer from stunted growth making them the highest number of stunted children in Africa and the second highest globally.
Ovamba encourages such initiatives. As an example, In December 2015, Ovamba reached out to the under privileged for end of year wishes with gifts and donations to these children.