Central African Republic takes steps to revitalize nutrition plans
Stunting is considered a major problem in the Central African Republic, with 39.8 per cent of children younger than 5 affected, according to the 2022 Global Nutrition Report. This is among the highest stunting prevalences in the world, surpassing the Africa regional average of 30.7 per cent. Simultaneously, the country faces a high rate of anaemia among women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years), with 46.8 per cent of women in that age group affected.
While these challenges persist, the Central African Republic has made notable progress in addressing low birth weight and childhood wasting.
Furthermore, the country has been making recent strides in revamping its overall approach to nutrition through its strategic focus on revitalizing networks and introducing new ones, including for donors, the private sector, the media and youth. Leaders are also nearly halfway to establishing regional nutrition committees throughout the country, with the remainder to be installed in 2024.
To capitalize on this momentum, a recent gathering convened experts to discuss the country’s Joint Annual Assessment (JAA) and chart a path forward. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Government Focal Point in the Central African Republic, Brigitte Izamo, chaired a capacity-building workshop facilitated by an expert from the SUN Convergence Hub1 in late November in Bangui, the country’s capital. The workshop drew participants from more than 18 government ministries and members of the UN-Network, the Civil Society Network and the Scientists Network, a collection of academics and researchers in the country.