DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA ― On September 6, 2017, the Government of Tanzania launched their National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP) 2016-2021. This ambitious plan was developed with support from Nutrition International’s Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) project, funded by DFID, and through close collaboration with partners including UNICEF and the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center (TFNC).
“Tanzania has made great strides in recent years to address malnutrition and this plan, which integrates nutrition across all the social development sectors, is a crucial next step in ultimately ensuring every Tanzanian has the opportunity to live a full and healthy life. Nutrition International will continue to be an active partner in the Government of Tanzania’s fight against malnutrition and we are eager to work with them to deliver on both the NMNAP and Sustainable Development Goals.”
–Joel Spicer, President and CEO, Nutrition International
The NMNAP is a five-year action plan that looks to build on past successes and addresses the gaps that currently exist in the country’s fight against malnutrition. Through its unique TAN project, Nutrition International provided technical assistance in the development and costing of the NMNAP’s National Micronutrient Action Plan as well as the consolidation and finalization of the complete multi-sectoral plan.
The plan identifies seven key areas of focus:
- Scaling-up maternal, infant, young child and adolescent nutrition;
- Scaling up prevention and control of micronutrient deficiencies;
- Scaling up integrated management of acute malnutrition;
- Scaling up prevention and management of diet related non-communicable diseases;
- Integration of multi-sectoral nutrition sensitive interventions;
- Improving nutrition governance; and,
- Establishing a multi-sectoral nutrition information system.
Nutrition International’s TAN project is part of the organization’s Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (N-TEAM). Through N-TEAM, governments and other nutrition stakeholders can access Nutrition International’s world class nutrition specific technical expertise.
After opening a country office in 2016, Nutrition International has worked to increase its engagement in Tanzania. Nutrition International launched the Right Start initiative earlier in 2017, working to improve the nutrition and health of women and adolescent girls. Most recently, Nutrition International signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to strengthen our partnership and place a special focus on newborns, children, women and adolescent girls in the fight against malnutrition.