Papua New Guinea

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On 12 April 2016, the Independent state of Papua New Guinea officially joined the SUN Movement with a joint letter of commitment from Secretary Pascoe Kase, of the National Department of Health and, Secretary Hakua Harry, of the Department for National Planning and Monitoring.

To combat food and nutrition insecurity, the government has developed a multi-sectoral National Nutrition Policy and the country had been addressing malnutrition through sector-level development planning for a number of years. However, the country faced challenges in effective implementation and achieving results for people affected by malnutrition.

Progress

Bringing people together
0% 2016

Bringing people together

Coherent policy and legal framework
0% 2016

Coherent policy and legal framework

Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework
0% 2016

Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework

Financial tracking and resource mobilization
0% 2016

Financial tracking and resource mobilization

Nutrition situation

49.5%

Under Five Stunting

11%

Low Birth Weight

0%

0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding

14.3%

Under Five Wasting

13.8%

Under Five Overweight

29.8%

Woman Anaemia 15-49 years

15.9%

Adult Blood Glucose (Diabetes)

60.7%

Adult Overweight

29.7%

Adult Obesity

Strategic objectives

An interim National Nutrition Committee, chaired by the Health Secretary and co-chaired by the Secretary of Department of National Planning and Monitoring, has been established under the National Health Board within the National Department of Health. The interim committee enables better coordination by providing advisory support and guidance on the implementation of the 2016- 2026 National Nutrition Policy (NNP) to key sectors, and monitors the performance against the goals, objectives, and interventions in sector strategies and policies. The Nutrition Cluster meetings, co-chaired by the National Department of Health and UNICEF, bring together different sectors, development partners and other organisations (such as WHO, the World Bank, FAO and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights).

Last updated: November 2017

The 2016-2026 National Nutrition Policy has been revised and developed by key governmental departments and sectors, in addition to several national and international non-governmental organisations. A Nutrition Strategic Action Plan (SAP) is currently being drafted. The Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) policy was developed to complement the 1977 Baby Feed Supplies (Control) Act, which is currently being reviewed to incorporate the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Other policies that support nutrition-sensitive interventions include the 2015 Food Security Policy of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and the 2015 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Policy of the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.

Last updated: November 2017

The 2016-2026 National Nutrition Policy is a multi-sectoral policy spearheaded by the core sectors of education, agriculture and livestock, health, community development and national planning and monitoring. The nutrition section of the National Department of Health also works closely with the reproductive and sexual health, food safety, and WASH sectors, and the National Broadcasting Commission through radio programmes and awareness-raising. The Nutrition Strategic Action Plan (SAP) defined for the following five years to support the NNP, is in the process of being costed. The monitoring and evaluation framework is structured under each of the SAP objectives.

Last updated: November 2017

The funding for the National Nutrition Programme is allocated under the Public Investment Programme (PIP), through the Department of National Planning. Nutrition-relevant interventions, as part of the annual budget, are also allocated through the Department of Health. The State allocations are complemented by the funds of external partners such as UNICEF, regarded as a key development partner since 2014. The Department of National Planning tracks the funds for implementation of nutrition interventions, through its monitoring system.

Last updated: November 2017