On 24 March 2011, the Republic of Mali joined the SUN Movement with a letter of commitment from the Permanent Secretary. At the time, Malawi had established the National Nutrition Committee, chair by the Secretary for Nutrition, HIV and AIDS in the Office of the President. Its main function is the coordination to mobilise resources and support for the implementation of nutrition interventions in line with national policies and plans. Malawi had established the Food and Nutrition Security Policy (2005) and the National Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan (2007 – 2012).
Strategic Processes for Scaling Up Nutrition
- Bringing people together
- Coherent policy and legal framework
- Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework
- Financial tracking and resource mobilization
The national nutrition policy adopted in January 2013 is a reference framework all those involved in nutrition. Multi-sector coordination was entrusted to the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. The bodies coordinating the national nutrition policy include government representatives, technical and financial partners, the United Nations system, the private sector and civil society. They comprise:
• the National Nutrition Council, with 17 ministerial departments, the high council of local authorities, the private sector and civil society. Its mission is high-level planning and coordination of the national nutrition policy.
• An Inter-sectoral Technical Nutrition Committee (CTIN) comprising around sixty stakeholder representatives (public and private sectors, academia, civil society, technical and financial partners). It acts as a nutrition observatory, publishing indicator trends and ensuring that the various sectoral operational plans are harmonized.
• There is a technical secretariat leading CTIN and CNN activities.
The national nutrition policy was implemented starting June 2014, with the launch of the 2014-2018 multi-sectoral nutrition action plan. Mali was the first SUN group country in Africa to adopt a detailed multi-sectoral nutrition action plan with budgeting by strategic line and activity.
Nutrition is an integral part of the strategic framework for growth and poverty reduction and of the new 2012-2017 strategic framework for Mali for growth and poverty reduction. Nutrition has been incorporated into the new ten-year health and social development plan (2014-2023), the social and health development program (2014-2018), the agriculture development policy and the educational development program.
Nutrition-specific policies cover the national strategy on food for babies and young children, the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, the nutrition document on policy, standards and procedures (PNP), the national protocol for managing acute malnutrition and the national program for food fortification.
The drafting of the multi-sectoral nutrition action plan was finalized in 2014, with the full-scale official launch in June 2014. The plan includes a common results framework clearly indicating who is responsible for implementation. The policy from which it is derived describes the coordination mechanism for monitoring the implementation of the plan.
The technical and financial partners, as well as civil society, will continue to work together and to align the assistance they provide to help implement the plan and achieve targets to advance nutrition in Mali.
The budgeting of the multi-sector nutrition action plan is a great step forward in terms of mobilizing resources. The next stage for 2014 is to take stock of activities already funded and of funding gaps and to priorities activities.
The government has committed to finance nutrition as one of the priority development areas.
Last updated: September 2014