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Landscape Analysis: Assessing Countries’Readiness to Scale up Nutrition Actions in the WHO African Region

This paper assessed strengths and weaknesses in combating malnutrition in nine Sub-Saharan Africa nations with high stunting burden (Burkina-Faso, Comoros, Coted’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and South Africa) in terms of the commitment and capacity. Seven recommendations made following findings from these countries are: strengthening and increased utilization of existing nutrition architectures and coordination mechanisms; mainstreaming and integrating nutrition in relevant sector policies; increased advocacy focusing on the importance of the life-course perspective particularly on nutrition interventions from pre-conception until the first two years of life; translation of national nutrition policies into programmatic actions; increased capacity building on long and short terms;strengthening of community-based outreach using existing channels;and strengthening of national nutrition surveillance systems to ensure adequate use of data for monitoring & evaluation