Improving nutrition in Zamfara

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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 Zamfara, 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 Bukura, Bungudu and Shinkafi. Community leaders and volunteers are providing strong support.
  • There has been progress with nutrition sector coordination and planning in Zamfara. 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.
  • An LGA basket-fund for nutrition work was established in 2014, which was a notable achievement. It has enabled LGAs to procure routine drugs for CMAM, and provides some secure funds for MNCHWs. The LGA funds for nutrition are small compared to other WINNN-supported states, however.
  • Limited funds were released from the state nutrition budget during the last Administration. Political commitment is required to ensure adequate funding, timely release and accountability for the use of nutrition funds in line with the State nutrition plan.
  • State legislators have recently committed to provide oversight of nutrition work, and emphasised the need for a sustained state nutrition budget and releases. They have requested a quarterly briefing on how the LGA nutrition funds are spent.
  • Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Zamfara are becoming more involved in nutrition work. They have developed an action plan and intend to do budget tracking of nutrition funds.
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