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Sharing and learning is in the SUN Movement’s DNA. Since its creation in 2010, 65 member States have joined this global movement to end all forms of malnutrition, with a commitment to scale up both nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific actions alike, across multiple stakeholders and multiple sectors.

With the assistance of the Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capabilities (TASC) programme, a suite of case studies has been developed in 2021 to share good practice in areas key to fight malnutrition in all its forms, that place coordination, information systems and implementing nutrition-sensitive actions in the spotlight.

Coordination: Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal

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Anchoring nutrition coordination at the political level is an effective means to mobilise all sectoral ministries, civil society, technical and financial partners, institutions, and also domestic and external resources. 

Addressing malnutrition requires the collaboration of multiple sectors and stakeholders. Through collaboration, much can be achieved that cannot be achieved by acting alone.

Coordination is therefore critical to the success of multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder action, which is the very foundation of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.

About this case study: This case study presents examples of positioning a multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) at the highest political level in Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal. It explores the opportunities, challenges addressed, underlying enablers, and lessons learned.

These examples highlight that the road to anchoring nutrition coordination at high political level can be long, and that constant dialogue and advocacy are required to achieve consensus and ensure that all involved are working towards a common goal and vision.

Information systems for nutrition: Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Peru and Viet Nam

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National information systems for nutrition involve the continuous collection, analysis and interpretation of nutrition-related data.

Information systems are essential for assessing current and changing nutritional status of populations, tracking the progress of actions, and prioritising efforts towards improving nutrition.

Success factors are strong commitments from national leaders, a multi-sectoral vision, long-term funding arrangements, and capacity strengthening of national stakeholders for sustainable information systems.

About this case study: These case studies highlight examples from Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Peru, and Viet Nam. They give an overview of the main characteristics of information systems for nutrition, use of data, and key recommendations to be considered by other countries. All countries have the same drive towards merging or enhancing national information systems. In most cases, the government has initiated the programme and built strong partnerships with universities, research institutes, high-tech companies, and non-governmental organisations.

Implementation of nutrition-sensitive interventions to improve food and nutrition security: Kenya and Honduras

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Nutrition-sensitive interventions are those whose primary objective is not nutrition, but that have the potential to improve the food and nutrition security of  women, men and their families. 

Nutrition-specific interventions alone, even if implemented at scale, will not be able to meet global targets for improving nutrition. It is therefore imperative that other sectors also contribute.

Such programmes take place in sectors complementary to nutrition, such as agriculture and education, and are designed to address the underlying causes of malnutrition.

About this case study: The initiatives outlined in this case study aim to achieve this by increasing the availability of, access to, and consumption of food in the targeted populations.

Nutrition-sensitive programmes, such as those highlighted in this case study, that bring together sectors such as agriculture; education; water, sanitation and hygiene; health; and gender; are key to tackling malnutrition at scale.


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Burkina Faso: Successfully scaling up nutrition in a digital world

Burkina Faso’s ten-year journey with the integrated e-diagnostic approach (IeDA) provides a rare and inspiring example of a digital health tool brought to scale.

The country showcases good practice with this solution, as it covers 84 per cent of the country’s primary health care facilities and has over ten million consultations, supported by a digital job aid.

About this case study: This solution story offers valuable lessons on scaling up and sustaining digital health interventions for other countries considering digital solutions, as well as for countries in the process of implementing these solutions.

It was in the spotlight during two webinars, bringing together nutrition stakeholders from 26 countries, co-organised by TASC and the SUN Movement Secretariat, held Wednesday 29 September 2021.