Accelerating Nutrition Improvements (ANI): mapping of stakeholders and nutrition actions in three scaling-up countries in sub-Saharan Africa
Report of a meeting
The Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in sub-Saharan Africa (ANI) project was launched in March 2013, supported by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The project aims to:
- support 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (i.e. Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) to strengthen nutrition surveillance systems;
- conduct surveys in four of the 11 countries (i.e. Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe) to establish a baseline for key indicators; and
- scale up evidence-informed nutrition actions in three of the 11 countries (i.e. Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda).
As part of the regional and global components of the ANI project, WHO is committed to helping the three scaling-up countries to develop stakeholder and programme implementation mapping, in collaboration with Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger (REACH). Describing actual implementation modalities of nutrition interventions is important, because this makes it possible to identify effective (and ineffective) practices, and thus help to maximize the impact of the actions being implemented. Availability of information on the implementing agencies or partners, and on the coverage and quality of the services provided, is important for planning and scaling up effective actions in countries.
A meeting of the three scaling-up countries – Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda – was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 27–28 February 2014. Participating in the meeting were the multisectoral country teams from the three scaling-up countries.
The main aim of the meeting was to review the ongoing work being implemented in the three scaling-up countries in relation to mapping of stakeholders and nutrition actions (including coverage of those actions). This information was used to formulate and agree on a common framework and approach to be used in furthering the mapping work, with a view to developing an effective system for monitoring nutrition actions being implemented in these countries. It was also envisioned that the work and experiences of the three countries would contribute to ongoing global and regional efforts to undertake and harmonize the mapping work.