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eswatini
SUN Countries

Eswatini

Joined Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement:

November 2013

National multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition:

In process

Country nutrition status

  • Yes
  • In process
  • No
  • Costed
  • M&E framework

National multi-stakeholder platform (MSP)

Date established
2021
MSP annual action plan exists

National nutrition plan

National nutrition plan

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Subnational nutrition coordination mechanism

Subnational MSPs exist
Subnational MSPs have annual action plans

SUN networks in-country presence

SUN Civil Society Network
SUN Business Network
UN Nutrition
SUN Academia Network
SUN Donor Network
Others: e.g. youth, parliamentarian, media

Finance for nutrition

Resource mobilization strategy exists
Budget tracking exercise done this year
Funding gaps identified this year
Domestic expenditures on nutrition tracked

Country priorities 2022

  • Carrying out nutrition advocacy and communication.
  • Strengthening nutrition surveillance and data systems for accountability and transparency of nutrition actions.
  • Eradicating all forms of malnutrition through the improvement of young children’s diets (dietary diversity in Eswatini).

Progress towards SUN 3.0 Strategic Objectives (SO)

SO.1

With support from partners, Eswatini has carried out a situational analysis of the capacity for and gaps in implementing nutrition interventions in the country. This document will be used to create advocacy briefs for parliament to advocate for improved political will. It is hoped that this will lead to an increased budget allocation for nutrition using public funds to ensure a sustainable nutrition response. Eswatini has also been able to develop a draft nutrition policy, which is now awaiting approval from parliament.

SO.2

Eswatini has defined priorities, targets and indicators against which nutrition efforts will be measured. This was carried out through the Multi-sector Food and Nutrition Coordination Forum, where partners shared their priorities for the year, which the secretariat consolidated. Priorities were developed in line with key priorities of regional and international bodies and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of Eswatini’s key priorities has been to reduce the prevalence of wasting in children, which is part of the World Health Assembly targets. Positive progress has been made in keeping wasting in children at less than 5 per cent, with the national rate currently at 2 per cent.

SO.3

Eswatini needs greater capacity to develop, prioritize, finance, implement and track country actions through strengthened technical assistance and knowledge management. Task-shifting has taken place with regards to country participation and engagement in SUN Movement activities, indicating a remaining gap in capacity-building.

SO.4

Nothing has been done in this regard.

2021 shared country good practice

Strengthening nutrition response coordination

Multisectoral food and nutrition coordination

Eswatini has strengthened its coordination of nutrition interventions and shared responsibilities and has facilitated meetings to identify gaps. It has also developed nutrition guidance documents, which are being implemented with stakeholder support.