Graça Machel applauds Namibia for Strong Commitment to Scale Up Nutrition

Global Children’s Advocate and Child Rights Advocate, Mrs. Graca Machel arrived in Namibia on 20 November 2012 for a three day visit to support the government and its partners to accelerate efforts to scale up nutrition and reduce stunting in the country. The visit, hosted by the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Namibia was to highlight the urgent investments needed to reduce stunting (chronic malnutrition), poverty and inequalities facing the country.Read More ▶

Namibia signaled its commitment to join the SUN Movement on 16 September 2011.

The National Alliance for Improved Nutrition (NAFIN) in Namibia is the multi-sector, multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition and involves participation of ten line ministries, including the Ministry of Finance and the National Planning Commission. It was established in November 2010 to tackle the high levels of stunting in Namibia.

Namibia is currently working on the development of a Country Implementation Plan with a common results framework to ensure delivery at scale. With ongoing collaboration and input from key sectors, the Implementation Plan is expected to include a results matrix with a dashboard of indicators for improved nutrition.

Currently, the Ministry of Health is implementing nationwide programmes including vitamin A supplementation, deworming, iron/folic acid supplementation, zinc treatment for diarrhea and treatment of severe and acute malnutrition (SAM). Nutrition-relevant programmes are in place led by cross-sector ministries, including agriculture, social protection and education.

Costing efforts for nutrition-related interventions are being taken up by each individual line ministry. Efforts are underway focusing on bottom-up approaches to costing and identifying support for conducting a needs assessment in order to accurately determine costing.

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    Priorities & Opportunities

    Priorities for scaling up nutrition in Namibia include finalizing development of a Country Implementation Plan, ensuring programs are implemented at scale and developing a needs-based costing assessment.


  • Progress & Impact

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


  • Statistics

    Among children under five years in Namibia, 29.6% are stunted, 7.5% are wasted, while 4.3% are overweight; and 14% of infants are born with low birth weight.


Photo Credits: © UNICEF/Isaac

Data Source: Demographic and Health Survey for Namibia, 2006-2007

"We are all invited to be part of the commitment to make malnutrition in Namibia history.”

The Rt. Honorable Nahas Angula
Former Prime Minister of Namibia, NAFIN Convener and member of the SUN Lead Group

Government Focal Point

Ms. Marjorie Van Wyk
Head of the Food and Nutrition Sub-Division
Directorate of Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health and Social Services

Mr. Len Le Roux
Country Director
Synergos – acting secretariat for NAFIN (Namibian Alliance for Improved Nutrition)
Serving as acting SUN Focal Points

Donor Convener