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17 October 2017: Tanzania adopts a Common Results, Resources and Accountability Framework to end malnutrition

Dodoma, 17 October 2017 – The Government of Tanzania has secured commitments from multiple stakeholders around a Common Results, Resources, and Accountability Framework (CRRAF) to achieve the ambitious National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP 2016-21). This common framework tracks collective progress to end malnutrition.

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Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa with members of the Government, representatives of United Nations and donors agencies at the JMNR 2017

The NMNAP, officially launched by Tanzania’s Prime Minister in presence of Minsters, Members of Parliament, regional and district government officials, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, donors and the private sector, was endorsed by 12 Permanent Secretaries of Ministries.

The group took stock of the first year of NMNAP’s implementation, during annual Joint Multi-sectoral Nutrition Review (JMNR) in Dodoma. In less than a year, Tanzania has made progress on almost half the targets in the framework, with an improvement in coverage of treatment of severe acute malnutrition and Vitamin A supplementation between 2015/16 and 2016/17. Based on the annual bottleneck analyses, carried out with UNICEF support in nearly all local government authorities (LGAs), key constraints were highlighted and solutions agreed. Across the board, participants recognized need for increasing domestic financing for nutrition in the country and spending the money well.

Taking cognizance of this, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said, “The Government recognizes the importance of investing in nutrition as a strategy for achieving the middle-income economy and industrialized status by 2025. Our endeavour is to increase opportunities for multi-sectoral efforts to improve the nutritional status of the nation.” He committed to increasing investment for implementation of the NMNAP at the LGA level.

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One in three children in Tanzania is stunted

Representing the UN at the meeting, UNICEF Tanzania Representative Maniza Zaman said, “We applaud the Government in its commitment towards improving nutrition in the country. The strong political will is reflected with the inclusion of nutrition in the Five Year Development II Plan (2016-21) and the ambitious NMNAP. However, to scale up nutrition interventions and initiatives, there is a need to prioritize nutrition at local levels and get more domestic resources for proven interventions.”

Despite allocating TZS11 billion in 2017/18 to support nutrition activities at the LGA level, the budgetary gap is wide. The Government is preparing a comprehensive resource mobilization strategy which will need support from relevant stakeholders and partners, to increase both domestic and donor funding.

Tanzania is dedicated to increase investment in nutrition, and the path is well laid out. The Government, together with UNICEF and development partners, is aiming high as it has embarked on this critical journey of leaving no one behind.

 

 
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