Update: 10 January 2013

Funding for Civil Society

Funding  to support the development and operation of the Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition in Bangladesh (CSA for SUN, BD) will be provided by the SUN Movement Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF)  for the period January 2013-December 2015 to support research and implementation efforts. Read more ▶

With leadership from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh Hasina and the Government of Bangladesh, people are coming together to support actions to improve nutrition, especially for women and children. The government has renewed its resolve to deliver nutrition-specific interventions at the community level, through a comprehensive nutrition package including support for breastfeeding and complementary feeding, dietary diversification, food supplementation and fortification as well as management of severe malnutrition.

Efforts are being made to coordinate policies that set out shared nutrition-related objectives across sectors – from expanded health service delivery, to improving access to nutritious foods through the agriculture sector. These actions are being supported by strong civil society alliances and coordination across government, United Nations agencies, business, donors and the technical and research institutions.

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    Priorities & Opportunities

    Priorities for scaling up nutrition in Bangladesh include improved delivery of a comprehensive package of nutrition-specific interventions and strengthened linkages among stakeholders.

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    Progress & Impact

    The government has renewed its resolve and commitment to advance progress on scaling up nutrition through a strong multi-sectoral approach.

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    Statistics

    Among children under five years in Bangladesh, 40.4% are stunted, 15.6% are wasted, while 1.5% are overweight; and 21.6% of infants are born with low birth weight

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Photo credits left to right: © Micronutrient Initiative, © UNICEF/Noorani, © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Data Source: Demographic and Health Survey for Bangladesh, 2011

“Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to physical and mental under-development and disease. The Secretary General’s SUN Movement, which aims to mobilize a global collective action against malnutrition, particularly in children, is therefore a far-sighted one. The ultimate purpose is to produce new generations of healthy people worldwide. Personally I am committed to taking up these challenges at all levels.”

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (September2012)

SUN Government Focal Point

Ms. Roxana Quader
Additional Secretary
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Donor Conveners

USAID
World Bank