Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition

Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council Under ECOSOC Resolution 2003/212 Dated 5th of March 2003.
Designated by the United Nations Economic & Social Council Under Rule 79 of the Council’s Rules and Procedures.

IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM FOR A BETTER WORLD AND THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 2015 - 2030

IIMSAM FIELD STAFF AT THE CENTRE WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CENTRE: Fredrick Kitoyi Lwamba

IIMSAM FIELD STAFF AT THE CENTRE WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CENTRE: Fredrick Kitoyi Lwamba (5th from left to right standing row in picture.)
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THE IIMSAM SHEIKH ZAYED SPIRULINA DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
KISUMU, REPUBLIC OF KENYA

(AKA) IIMSAM East & Central Africa Spriulina Programme

THE IIMSAM Spriulina Programme in the Republic of Kenya an official Member State of the IIMSAM Free Agreement Treaty has been playing a pivotal role despite difficult challenges due to at times chronic under funding and the ever continuing demand for Spirulina to alleviate severe malnutrition and hunger in the Nyanza Province-Kisumu and sorrounding rural areas

IIMSAM IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND THE POST 2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA:
With only few months left until the 2015 target date for achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals IIMSAM is leading a collective effort to accelerate progress towards the goals and in particular: Goal#1 to eradicate extreme Poverty and Hunger. Towards this end IIMSAM has been playing a proactive role in providing humanitarian aid. IIMSAM has been successful with its strategic partnerships around the world in the distribution of Spirulina platensis to countless of people in need. IIMSAM recognizes that hunger and malnutrition are a major impediment to sustainable development, and reaffirming that reducing hunger is a primary goal of the UN-Millennium Development Goals: # 1. Eradicate hunger and poverty in order to disseminate and implement food security programs in feeding centres for poor people with the use of foods fortified with Spirulina to combat acute malnutrition worldwide such as the IIMSAM Kenyan Spirulina Distribution Centre which has distributed thousands of Spirulina dosages to the needy and malnourished and those suferring from related illnesses recipients since its inception in 2009. As Former Kenyan President Mwai kibaki announced a national emergency and declared that over 10 million people don’t have enough food to eat.

Reports from an International rescue Committee survey show that an alarming 22% of children under the age of five are malnourished in the worst affected areas of the country by the current food crisis. The IRC’s survey in the Kakuma division, Turkana north, found that almost 40% of local people were surviving on just one meal a day. Malnutrition rates among children under the age of five were 22% which is significantly much higher than the standard rate of 15% which the World Health Organization uses to determine an emergency situation.

IIMSAM aspires to make Spirulina which was described by the United Nations world Food Conference of 1974 as the “best food for the future”, as a key-driver to eradicate malnutrition, achieve food security, and bridge the health divide with a special priority for the developing and the least developed countries. IIMSAM’s East & Central Africa Spirulina Programme uses Spirulina to eradicate various pathologies and deprivations associated with malnutrition amongst disabled children and others suffering from malnutrition.

The IIMSAM Spirulina Programme in Kisumu and its inherent benefits to eradicate malnutrition and also amongst populace that has HIV/AIDS. The very programme while establishing lasting capacities and capabilities not only provides employment to the locale in a country where the unemployment rates are alarmingly high but also localizes the benefits and other spillover effects associated with Spirulina cultivation.