Ghana signaled its commitment to join the SUN Movement on 25 March 2011.

To advance their commitment to scaling up nutrition, the government has established a multi-stakeholder platform, the Cross-Sectoral Planning Group (CSPG), under the National Development Planning Commission. At the policy level, the Ghana National Nutrition Policy is in draft form, though there are currently a number of strategies in place covering nutrition-specific interventions including infant and child feeding and anemia control.

The SUN Government Focal Point is working with SUN Technical Specialists, donors, civil society and the research and technical communities to establish a common results framework though which cross-sector stakeholders can align programmes around shared goals to improve nutrition. Through the CSPG the country is also working to establish a baseline and identify trends in nutrition financing.

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    Priorities & Opportunities

    Priorities for scaling up nutrition in Ghana include increasing government funding for nutrition; increasing prioritization of nutrition among key stakeholders and ensuring nutrition indicators are present in annual progress reports.

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    Progress & Impact

    The Cross-Sectoral Planning Group engages a broad group of cross-sector stakeholders to support progress on planning, policymaking and programming efforts to scale up nutrition.

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    Statistics

    Among children under five years in Ghana, 27.3% are stunted, 8.5% are wasted, while 5.3% are overweight; and 10% of infants are born with low birth weight.

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Photo credits: © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Data Source: Demographic and Health Survey for Ghana, 2008

"As we scale up nutrition actions with emphasis on the first 1000 days window of opportunity, let us rise with the SUN and unite to end hunger and malnutrition."

Dr. Emestina Naadu Mills, First Lady of Ghana (December 2011)

SUN Government Focal Point

Dr. Edith F. Tetteh

Deputy

National Development and Planning Commission (under the Vice President's office)

 

Donor Convener

USAID