Combating Malnutrition Through Multi-sectoral Nutrition Programming

Combating Malnutrition Through Multi-sectoral Nutrition Programming

Combating Malnutrition Through Multi-sectoral Nutrition Programming
UNICEF/SriLanka

Highlights

Sri Lanka is on track to achieve most of the Millennium Developmental Goals in the area of child survival and other sectors such as social, health and education. Nutrition remains an unfinished development agenda. Achievements in combating malnutrition over the last few decades have been modest and the issue remains an unresolved public health problem with profound, irreversible and life threatening consequences on child survival and development.

Due to the magnitude of the issues and the multi-sectoral nature of the manifestation of nutrition, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) set up a Nutritional Council in March 2011. The main objective of this Council was to focus attention of all social sectors to collectively reduce the prevalence of undernutrition, which is a manifestation of numerous socio-economic factors.

UNICEF is supporting the GoSL to model the multi-sector nutrition approach in two selected districts namely, Nuwara Eliya and Moneragala. This has involved establishing multi-sector coordination mechanisms at national, provincial, district, divisional and community levels, facilitating development of a plan by providing technical and financial support for key nutrition interventions and strengthening monitoring and evaluation.

REVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONING AND IMPACT OF MOTHER SUPPORT GROUPS
Author(s)
Prof. Rajitha Wickramasingha, Dr. Renuka Jayatisa & Dr. Shanthi Gunawaradana
Publication date
Languages
English

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