Albania: Reducing Malnutrition in Children
The programme's goal is to improve the nutritional status of Albania's women and children by strengthening the government's capacity to monitor, address and prevent the immediate and underlying causes of undernutrition. It is providing better and more equitable child and maternal food, health and nutrition services and developing nutrition education modules for primary health care workers.
The joint programme is contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, in particular MDG1, by:
• Strengthening the Government of Albania’s managerial and technical capacity to prevent and address the immediate and underlying causes of undernutrition;
• Delivering better and more equitable child and maternal food, health and nutrition services;
• Developing and including a public health nutrition module in the ongoing education of primary health care workers; and
• Improving the monitoring, surveillance and regulation systems in a more sustainable way.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- The programme has supported the development of the first draft of the new Food and Nutrition Action Plan (FNAP) developed by the intersectoral working group.
- The use of child growth assessment has been institutionalized through the mandatory use of the new child growth charts by all PHC facilities. Official order mandating the use of growth charts was signed by the Minister of Health.
- Local and national capacities strengthened to incorporate nutrition and food security objectives into sectoral activities through participatory needs assessment, and planning of interventions in the regional discussion fora.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period