Liberia

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On 3 February 2014, the Republic of Liberia joined the SUN Movement with a letter of commitment from HE Walter T. Gwenigale, Minister of Health and Social Welfare. At the time, Liberia had developed a National Nutrition Policy which was designed to complement and strengthen actions set out in the Nutritional Health Policy and the Food Security and Nutrition Strategy. Liberia’s 2012 Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) entitled “Agenda for Transformation”, had also identified nutrition as a national priority and an integral element of the overall development agenda.

Progress

Bringing people together
8% 2017

Bringing people together

Coherent policy and legal framework
4% 2017

Coherent policy and legal framework

Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework
4% 2017

Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework

Financial tracking and resource mobilization
0% 2017

Financial tracking and resource mobilization

TOTAL
4% 2017

TOTAL

Nutrition situation

32.1%

Under Five Stunting

14%

Low Birth Weight

55.2%

0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding

5.6%

Under Five Wasting

3.2%

Under Five Overweight

49.3%

Woman Anaemia 15-49 years

7.8%

Adult Blood Glucose (Diabetes)

25%

Adult Overweight

6.6%

Adult Obesity

Strategic objectives

Liberia is still in the process of setting up the SUN Movement Secretariat and a new Government Focal Point is being appointed, at present. A multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) is in the process of being developed, however, work is ongoing to leverage political will for nutrition. Although the Nutrition Division of the Ministry of Health (MOH) is convening stakeholders across sectors around nutrition issues, there is a need to involve more stakeholders, e.g. line ministries, civil society, and the private sector. Strengthening of sub-national structures for nutrition will be prioritised, once national-level structures are in place.

Last updated: November 2017

2015

Liberia joined the SUN Movement in 2014 and although a multi-stakeholder platform has not yet been established, the Nutrition Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) is convening across sectors and with multiple stakeholder groups to address nutrition issues. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is acting as an interim Donor Convenor.

Prior to the Ebola epidemic, a letter was sent from the MOHSW to the President of Liberia for the endorsement of a SUN Secretariat and the nomination of both a focal point and a donor convener although activities were stalled due to the Ebola epidemic and state of emergency. Soon after the Ebola situation improved, the MOHSW revitalised its commitment for the establishment of a national secretariat and the nomination of a SUN Government Focal Point. The main priorities for nutrition in Liberia include the reduction of stunting, scale up of nutrition specific interventions, and the integration and expansion of nutrition-sensitive interventions.

Last updated: October 2015

Nutrition has been mainstreamed into policies concerning economic growth and development, poverty reduction, food and agriculture, health care, education and social development. The multi-sectoral Food Security and Nutrition Strategy, developed in 2010, identifies the national priorities to be addressed to ensure food security and good nutrition for all. The Ministry of Education continues working on developing a school health and nutrition strategy, with input from the developing MSP. Overall, greater inter-ministerial collaboration on nutrition issues is a priority.

Last updated: November 2017

2015
The multi-sectoral Food and Nutrition Strategy developed in 2010 is in line with the National Nutrition Policy developed in 2009. It identifies the national priorities to be addressed in a harmonised manner to ensure food security and good nutrition for all Liberians. Nutrition has been mainstreamed into policies for economic growth and development, poverty reduction, food and agriculture, health care, education and social development and include:

  • The 2012 poverty reduction strategy, which places nutrition as a national priority and in the overall development agenda.
  • The Investment Program for Agriculture (derived from CAADP). It includes a specific component on food and nutrition to achieve nutritious food production and the provision of nutrition supplements.

Nutrition-sensitive documents and plans exist and there are recommendations to review and consolidate both food and nutrition policies and strategies.

The Ebola situation, among others, was identified as hampering progress on the ground and the pace at which these aspiring commitments were expected to be honored. Completion of these documents should have been part of the planned priorities among the sectors.

The national strategy for Food Security and Nutrition was revised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education has developed a draft School Health and Nutrition strategy which will be reviewed by the governmentand relevant stakeholders.

Last updated: October 2015

A common results framework (CRF) is yet to be defined. This means that sectors still have their own implementation frameworks and carry out separate reporting. A common reporting framework is in the process of being developed, alongside a Zero Hunger Strategic Plan. The MOH is in the process of developing a multi-sectoral national nutrition implementation plan, which includes both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive actions. This will include both medium and longterm implementation objectives and is expected to be finalised by early 2018.

Last updated: November 2017

2015
All sectors have different frameworks of implementation and reporting. The process of a common reporting framework is underway; meanwhile, the Nutrition Division of the MOHSW is currently coordinating reports of activities by the line Ministries and partners through monthly National Nutrition Cluster Coordination meetings.

The Ministry of Education and the MOHSW are in the process of harmonising all plans to address malnutrition. The MOHSW is already engaged in the process of developing a multi-sectoral, national nutrition implementation plan that fully embraces both nutrition-specific interventions as well as nutrition-sensitive actions. Nutrition interventions have been a part of the essential package of services since 2011 and stunting reduction remains the key national priority. In order to reduce the stunting rate, a set of Essential Nutrition Actions (ENAs) are being rolled out in five of Liberia’s 15 Counties. Nutrition partners are proactively involved in developing emergency plans to continue supporting these Counties even in the wake of the Ebola situation. Liberia has plans to scale up ENAs to the other ten Counties.

ENA training included all health workers and community volunteers.

Last updated: October 2015

The Government of Liberia remains committed to tracking domestic and external resources mobilised for nutrition. However, a costed multi-sectoral plan for nutrition is yet to be developed.

Last updated: November 2017

2015
The Government of Liberia is committed to tracking the domestic and external resources mobilised for nutrition. It has been agreed that all sectors will develop a costed plan for nutrition.

Last updated: October 2015

SUN Government Focal Point


TBC

Donor Convenor

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