Nutrition

Proper nutrition is a powerful good: people who are well nourished are more likely to be healthy, productive and able to learn.

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UNICEF Mongolia

The challenges

The current nutrition situation of children in Mongolia are worrisome. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals, and stunting remain public health problems. In addition, overweight and obesity are also affecting children and adults, placing the country to experience the double burden of malnutrition. Breastfeeding rate is declining in recent years.

Insufficient budget allocation and limited human resources negatively affects the capacity to deliver quality nutrition services to children.  Caregivers’ inadequate knowledge, care and feeding practices play a significant role in child malnutrition.

The solution

UNICEF works to

  • Generate evidence to improving legal environment for optimal breastfeeding, food fortification of staple foods and food advertisement targeted at children
  • Integrate nutrition modules into pre-service and in-service medical core curricula
  • Create healthy food environment and nutrition education in pre-schools and schools
  • Scale up high impact low cost nutrition interventions to reduce stunting among the most disadvantaged children in hard to reach areas
  • Strengthen nutrition surveillance system including info, analysis, and monitoring to support planning

Major results

  • UNICEF supported the National Nutrition Programme that provides effective actions to ensure healthy diets throughout the life cycle -- starting from early stages of life to adulthood, including people with special nutrition needs, before and during pregnancy.
  • Community based Infant and Young Child Feeding counselling service was introduced and integrated into primary health service in Khuvsgul province and Nalaikh district with the support from UNICEF. These services contributed to fewer children being reported as stunted.
  • UNICEF supported to improve the country’s capacity and preparedness to deliver nutrition services in emergency situations to protect nutrition status of girls, boys and women.

Resources

These resources represent just a small selection of materials related to the Nutrition Programme of UNICEF Mongolia and its partners. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information.

Stories

Breast is best: How Uran-Erdene got the best start in life

Fathers’ cooking healthy meals for their kids

Nandia gives her baby the best start in life