CSONA lauds govt for launching Nutrition Policy

Civil Society Organization Nutrition Alliance (CSONA) says it will support the government in the implementation of the 2018-2022 National Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan.

The Policy which was launched on June 20, 2018 in Lilongwe, provides the framework and context within which sectoral and other strategic plans and budgets should be coordinated, formulated, implemented and monitored.

Programs Manager for CSONA, Bessie Ndovie said for the past five years the country had no such policy.

“The policy is timely as it will guide the entire country’s nutrition sector,” Ndovie said.

Malawi has reduced stunting from 55 percent in 1995 to 37 percent in 2016, wasting from 6 percent in 2014 to 1.3 percent in 2018, and achieved significant reduction in Vitamin A deficiency from 59 percent in 2001 to 3.6 percent in 2016.

The policy serves as a guiding document for national nutrition stakeholders to promote evidence-based programming and strengthening of the national nutrition response.

It will also help the scale-up of evidence-based innovative interventions, re-alignment of nutrition interventions to the current national development strategy, the Sustainable Development Goals, and other new global declarations signed by government.

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