Improving nutrition in Kebbi

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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 Kebbi, 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 Dandi, Gwandu and Maiyama. Community leaders and volunteers are providing strong support.
  • Kebbi state reinstated MNCHWs in 2015, and provided counterpart funding. This may improve rates of Vitamin A coverage, which were low in 2014.
  • The state has released substantial funds to support nutrition work, focusing on procurement of ready to use therapeutic foods (RUTF). A key challenge during 2014 was the lack of LGA funding for nutrition. LGA counterpart funding was agreed in late 2015. These funds would be used to procure routine drugs for CMAM, and to support logistics and volunteers.
  • State legislators have recently committed to provide oversight of nutrition work, and debated the need for a law to increase nutrition funding. They are in support of scaling-up nutrition work to all LGAs in the state, and noted that the present level of state funding is inadequate for this.
  • There has been progress with nutrition sector planning in Kebbi. A Nutrition Strategic Plan of Action (2016-2020) has been
    drafted. This is a multi-sectoral strategy, and its approval is expected in early 2016.
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