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Malnutrition: Stakeholders roll out action plan in Enugu

A 5-day training workshop for stakeholders in nutrition and maternity issues has ended in Enugu with stakeholders commending the Enugu State Government for its current efforts towards addressing malnutrition.

The training was organized for the media, civil society groups and health workers by the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria, (CS-SUNN).

In a communique issued after the meeting, they identified malnutrition and food insecurity as “a critical development issue that has held-back millions of individuals, families and countries from achieving their full potentials.”

The objectives of the training were “to develop key messages on Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS) CODE, Right to Food, Maternity Protection and Food Fortification.

“To increase CSOs, CBOs, Media Skills in Nutrition Advocacy as it relates to policy implementation and funding.

“To Strengthen Collaboration and Coordination among CSO, CBOs and the Media.”

The participants, while commending the government for efforts so far, resolved that it should “urgently disseminate, and be guided by the provisions and standards contained in the already domesticated state policy and Multi-sectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition.

“That Civil Society Organizations, Community Based Organizations, the Media and all key stakeholders should join hands in creating more awareness on Nutrition and Food Security in the State.

“That the CS-SUNN Enugu State Chapter should engage the government to review policies and framework on Food and Nutrition to ensure that current challenges are addressed.

“That there is a need for Enugu State Government to develop, adopt and pass a Nutrition Budget plan in the state to address the drivers of malnutrition including reducing the statistics of the indicators such as stunting, wasting and underweight. Government should also ensure that funds budgeted are released appropriately.

“The Media and the CSOs should ensure effective monitoring of government implementation of the Nutrition Budget, Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action on Food and Nutrition and other commitments in that regard.”

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