The Peruvian Government has set the goal of reducing childhood anemia from the current 43% to 19% by 2021, Development and Social Inclusion Minister Liliana La Rosa highlighted on Friday.
"43.6% of children currently suffer from anemia, meaning around 600,000. That is a huge challenge," La Rosa pointed out.
"We will be at 19% by 2021. That is the promise," she said while noting Peru is facing a serious public health and nutrition problem at present.
In this regard, she underlined her portfolio and the Education Ministry have engaged in coordination
to ensure the implementation of State-run Qali Warma social food program
at public schools.
delivers breakfast and lunch to Peruvian students from underprivileged areas, especially those residing in native communities.
"We have responsibilities at each ministry. With the Education (sector), we have agreed to implement Qali Warma across the country (…)," the cabinet member noted.
"We will provide students and teachers with information about this condition," she added.