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MNP for children in 4 districts of 2 provinces - Multiple micronutrient powder point-of-use fortification. Civil society makes a unique contribution to the SUN movement. Population groups with greater iron requirements, such as growing children and pregnant women, are particularly at risk. The proportion of mothers of children months who have received counselling, support or messages on optimal breastfeeding at least once in the previous 12 months is included as a process indicator in the core set of indicators for the Global Nutrition Monitoring Framework. Estimates of vaccination coverage of children aged 1 year are used to monitor vaccination services, to guide disease eradication and elimination programmes and as indicators of health system performance. The health and economic benefits of a safe water supply to households and individuals especially children are well documented. Women are underrepresented in all decision-making bodies and political parties, particularly at the higher echelons.

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One in three children is stunted, which means they have grown very poorly and they are affected in other ways. This is something that comes at great cost not only to the child and their family but also to your country. At the high level consultative meeting with states on accelerating nutrition results in states ARIN , the minister shared one of his worries and presented plans to address it.

It is therefore obvious that we cannot seriously think about reducing under five mortalities without addressing malnutrition. But the death and destruction of children associated with nutrition problems are not the only issues the Nigerian government has to worry about, there are severe economic consequences too.

Billions in GDP are lost each year due to the pernicious cycle of undernutrition. The Nigeria nutrition data landscape has been a motely of activities and policy formulations which impacts or attempts to have direct bearings on health and nutrition in the country. Some of these policies include: Many of these policies describe the describe the need for a better functioning health information system because the government relies on this system together with national surveys for tracking the implementation of nutrition-related programs and making decisions about programming.

The policies acknowledged that there are parallel data systems and a lack of standard data collection tools. They described the need for a nutrition information system which is yet to be implemented. A survey conducted by the US based Research Triangle Institute RTI , which was released in July revealed the several gaps in the national nutrition survey and underscores the need for a government led leadership in nutrition data collection.

However, these organizations do not share monthly monitoring data with government even though they hold dissemination meetings to keep government informed of their activities. Some state-level and nongovernmental stakeholders described a lack of state- and country-led governance and ownership of nutrition data.

To date, funding for nutrition activities and data in the country has come almost exclusively from donors and development partners. Although technologies show promise for improving the nutrition data landscape in Nigeria, challenges related to training people on how to use the technologies and interoperability of systems remain.

To address the imbalances and chart a way forward, the Federal Ministry of Health FMoH organized a two-day Nigeria Nutrition Data Stakeholders Workshop in Abuja bringing together all the major stakeholders, technical partners both in country and foreign experts for a major brainstorming. Data also gives and overview of what the problem is and be able to plan how to address it. The workshop interrogated various views on nutrition data gathering and examined current policies regarding nutrition in Nigeria, the gaps and how to fill it.

Arimond said dietary survey is important in Nigeria and the consequences of neglects on future generations are grave, she also emphasized the that the quality and quantity of food matters. Perhaps one of the revelations of the workshop was the fact that nothing much has been done after the first National Food Consumption and Nutrition Survey in In her presentation, Dr.

All donors agencies are represented at both levels. Membership in the SUN Donor Network is by institution and not by personal interest and there are no application forms or set criteria for joining. The appointment of the Donor Convenor at country level is debated and decided at country level by the donors and the relevant government authorities. Applicants for the Donor Convenor position are those actively engaged in the country, with a country presence and involved in financing or providing technical assistance to nutrition specific or nutrition sensitive programmes.

Donors not represented in the global Donor Network, can be eligible for the donor convener role. Click here to learn more about the commitment made the the five principals of these agencies. Various additional United Nations agencies are already involved in nutrition and participate in the UN Network in some countries.

The UN Network for SUN encourages full participation of all United Nations entities active in nutrition in a given country as this contributes to the harmonization and effectiveness of the United Nations. Any organisation submitting a commitment must agree to provide an annual update reporting progress. Membership forms, templates and guidance can be found here on the SBN website: Joining the network should however be an institutional choice and not an individual one. How do countries join?

Committed countries are at the core of the SUN Movement. Working together to scale up nutrition in SUN Countries, we are achieving what no one of us can do alone. Drilling down to the sub-national level in Kenya, Nepal and Senegal.

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