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Kiambu County officials participate in the CNAP launch.

March 2, 2021 – Kiambu County today launched its County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) for 2020-2025. The plan, with an investment of Ksh 2.54 billion, provides a roadmap for mainstreaming nutrition into development plans and budgets to scale up efforts to fight malnutrition in the county.

Malnutrition rates are lower than the national average, but Kiambu County’s large population means that many people are still impacted. One in four children in the county are affected by acute malnutrition and 44,750 children are stunted.

“Kiambu’s CNAP is a clear and powerful signal of the county government’s commitment to make nutrition a priority.”

The CNAP provides practical guidance for coordinated implementation of proven, cost-effective, high-impact nutrition interventions across multiple sectors, including health, agriculture, education, water, gender, and social protection. Nutrition International supported the development of the CNAP through its Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism’s Technical Assistance for Nutrition project, funded with UK aid from the UK government.

“The County Nutrition Action Plan builds on the county’s deliberate efforts to prioritize nutritional services in our food security and healthcare interventions,” said Kiambu County Governor H.E. James Nyoro. “Going forward, we shall match these interventions with necessary budget allocations, particularly to ensure sustainability of maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition interventions in the county.”

The Kiambu CNAP is aligned with other key strategic documents, including the County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2022, the County Health Strategy and Investment Plan and the Kenya Nutrition Action Plan 2018-2022, which recognizes nutrition as a fundamental human right and driver of economic development.

“Kiambu’s CNAP is a clear and powerful signal of the county government’s commitment to make nutrition a priority,” said Martha Nyagaya, Nutrition International Kenya Country Director. “Addressing the effects of malnutrition must be on top of the priorities of policy and decision-makers, and the communities they serve. Malnutrition has both direct and indirect costs to individuals, communities and the economy as a whole.”