National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan 2016-2021
From evidence to policy to action
This National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP) reflects Tanzania’s commitment to addressing the unacceptably high levels of malnutrition and translates into a single comprehensive national plan the nutrition relevant national, regional and international commitments that Tanzania has made.
Although Tanzania has made some good progress in addressing the problem of undernutrition in children, the pace of improvement, especially for the alleviation of stunting, has been slow, with data showing that the prevalence of stunting reduced from about 50 percent in 1992 to about 34 percent in 2015/16.
This current level of stunting is categorized as “high” in terms of its public health significance and is higher than the 30 percent average observed for Africa. Moreover, a double burden of malnutrition has emerged where undernutrition exists together with a rapidly increasing problem of diet-related noncommunicable diseases, especially overweight, obesity, hypertension and type-2 diabetes that have doubled in adults over the last decade.