As part of its community service that marks Nigeria’s 58th Independence celebration, Nigeria’s leading dairy company, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC partnered with Ask the Paediatricians (ATP) Foundation to deliver nutrition assessment and support for over 5,000 children and their parents across Lagos, Kwara, Abuja and Abeokuta – on September 29 and October 1, 2018.
Supported by Peak 456 growing-up milk, the social responsibility initiative had a team of doctors led by Dr. Gbemisola Boyede of the ATP Foundation, did nutrition assessments using growth charts, milk sampling and gave health talks. FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s specialized nutrition staff volunteers also participated.
Boyede, a consultant paediatrician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idiaraba Lagos started Ask the Pediatricians (ATP) Foundation as a group on Facebook on July 20, 2015. ATP now has four major areas of focus namely, Health Education Online Forum, Community Medical Outreaches, Health Seminars and Workshops, and Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
FrieslandCampina WAMCO is renowned for its mission to nourish Nigerians with quality dairy nutrition. According to Zatur Hassim, Head, Specialized Nutrition, “This is what drives our business and motivates our people. These outreaches were deployed not just to conduct health checks on children but also to teach parents how to identify nutrition deficiencies and mitigate their prevalence.
“In honour of Nigeria’s 58th Independence celebration, we are once again demonstrating our corporate citizenship of the world through this programme that supports reduction in hunger, promotes well-being and partnerships for development, all of which demonstrate the United Nations sustainable development goals 1, 2 & 17.” said Hassim.