Improving nutrition in Jigawa

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This briefing is based on the 2014 evaluation of nutrition work supported by Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) in Jigawa, as well as ORIE research in 2015. Interviewees included political leaders and government officials, development partners, health workers, community volunteers, traditional leaders, civil society and community members.

Key evaluation findings include:

  • The community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and infant and young child feeding (IYCF) interventions are now established in the WINNN focal LGAs of Birnin Kudu, Brininwa and Guri. Community leaders and volunteers are providing strong support.
  • There has been progress with nutrition sector coordination and planning in Jigawa. A costed state nutrition plan has been developed. It is focused mainly on the health sector however. Tackling malnutrition requires the integration of nutrition work from other sectors.
  • Jigawa state committed NGN 90 million for nutrition in the 2015 budget. Yet none of these funds were released. Monthly LGA funding for nutrition has now been established, which is a notable achievement. Political commitment is required to ensure adequate and timely funding, and effective use of nutrition funds in line with the state nutrition plan.
  • State legislators have recently committed to provide oversight of nutrition work. They have debated the need for a law to increase nutrition funding and ensure release of funds and effective implementation.
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