Senegal National Nutrition Policy – MI speaks out for micronutrients in final stages of validation

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DAKAR, SENEGAL – The Micronutrient Initiative participated again this week in meetings convened by the Cellule de Lutte contre la Malnutrition (CLM) to validate the National Nutrition Policy for Senegal.

Once approved by the government, the policy will serve as a basis for government programs aiming to improve the nutrition status of women and children, a priority identified in official Senegal social and economic policy documents.

MI’s involvement included providing focus and attention on the importance of key micronutrients for the survival and health of women and newborns, as well as the healthy development of children.

Prioritizing a multi-sectoral approach, the CLM is bringing together all relevant sectors in the development of its strategic vision to 2025 for nutrition in Senegal. Other participants included government and private sector representatives from agriculture, fisheries and environment; industry, trade and research; education and training; health and social protection; water and sanitation; and local governance and rural development.

MI Senegal supports the work of the CLM, the convening body for nutrition in the country, which has a direct report to the Prime Minister.

Working collaboratively with the CLM and other partners, MI Senegal supports programs in vitamin A supplementation, community-based maternal and newborn health and nutrition, iron and folic acid supplementation, salt iodization and zinc & oral rehydration salts for diarrhoea management.

Political commitment to nutrition and food security in Senegal is strong, providing the right setting to reach those still affected by micronutrient deficiencies. Despite great progress, nearly 1 in 5 children under 5 still suffer from chronic malnutrition.

The meetings took place just outside Dakar, Senegal, from September 1-4 and September 8-10, 2015.