Multi-sectoral programme to improve the nutrition of school-aged adolescents (Malawi)

Children at school
UNICEF /2022 / Chikondi


Poor nutrition and anaemia, in particular, negatively impact learning outcomes: in Malawi, undernourished children are more likely to drop out of school, achieving 1.5 years less education, and 18 per cent of all grade repetitions are associated with stunting. In response, the Government, with support from UNICEF, piloted two integrated school health and nutrition programmes: 1) a weekly iron-folic acid supplementation programme in 2019 in six districts, which is now scaled up to 10 districts, targeting adolescent girls in and out of school; and 2) and a nutrition sensitive agriculture programme in 10 districts.