A new National Nutrition Action Plan forges a strong path ahead for Madagascar
On 11 May 2017, the government of Madagascar launched the third National Nutrition Action Plan (PNAN III) at a grand ceremony with President Hery Rajaonarimampianina. This plan takes on the recommendations of an evaluation undertaken following PNAN II, including an increased focus on multi-sectoral coordination and wider coverage – targeting 80% of those affected by malnutrition across the country.
The President announced that the plan was aligned with the national development plan and aims to reduce stunting in Madagascar from 47.3% to 38% by 2021. He recognised the multiple underlying causes of malnutrition and that the strategy is well placed to break the inter-generational cycle of malnutrition. He also stressed the importance of acting in line with the PNANIII for all forms of malnutrition and most importantly, to effectively engage with one other.
The government, development partners, civil society, private sector and academia, have started and will continue to give priority to nutrition. It is a problem that spans across health, education, development and more and it is also an economic problem.”
Over 50% of children under 5 suffer from malnutrition in Madagascar – one of the highest rates in the world. The PNAN III focuses on the first 1000 days of a childs life, with mutli-sectoral interventions that aim to build the human capital needed to guarantee the development of Madagascar.
PNAN III has 3 axes – Nutrition specific interventions, nutrition sensitive approches and nutrition governance. Supporting these three axes are cross-cutting approaches of effective communication and emergency response. The National Office for Nutrition (ONN) is mandated to monitor the implementation of the national nutrition policy in an inclusive manner and its position under the Prime Minister office puts it in a very good institutional space to coordinate and monitor the contribution of various sectors to nutrition
The launch follows a visit from the SUN Movement Coordinator earlier in the week and further accelerated the nutrition media coverage to help inform people across the nation about the multiple causes and long term affects of all forms of malnutrition.
— Scaling Up Nutrition (@SUN_Movement) May 12, 2017