Bolivia: Building the local response capacity for the intersectoral implementation of the PMD-C
Chronic malnutrition affects four out of ten Bolivian children in the most food-insecure municipalities in the country, where a child in a rural area is 2.5 times more likely to suffer from malnutrition than in urban areas. This Joint Programme supported the Bolivian government's Zero Malnutrition Multi-sectoral Programme (PMD-C) in 22 highly vulnerable municipalities by improving access to food, water, sanitation and information about nutrition and hygiene.
The aim of the programme was to strengthen municipalities' capacity to implement the national malnutrition programme across multiple sectors, and to provide beneficiary families with:
- Greater availability and access to highly nutritious and safe food;
- Access to and use of enhanced water supply and sanitation;
- Better knowledge, attitudes and practices with regard to food, nutrition, hygiene and health.
Some of the main achievements were:
- At least 21,489 children and pregnant and breast-feeding women in five municipalities benefitted from improved availability and access to adequate quantities of quality food.
- The effective use of better water and sanitation services was increased, together with coordination of activities with the health and education sectors in order to strengthen local capacity in hygiene, nutrition and health; 87 communities in 17 municipalities were covered.
- The 24 Municipal Councils for Food and Nutrition promoted participation and intersectoral coordination in the implementation of the PMD-C in 1,146 communities in 24 municipalities.