StateOfTheNation
A United Nation Resource)

By Kindle Gate Foundation (Advocating the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals)

 1. Nutrition. The programme will support the Government to implement the National Policy on Food and Nutrition by strengthening health and community systems and fully integrating nutrition into all aspects of the PHC system, with a particular focus on CMAM, infant and young child feeding interventions and routine micronutrient supplementation. 

There will be specific focus on aligning nutrition interventions with antenatal care, prevention and control of pneumonia and diarrhoea, immunization, deworming and distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and adolescent girls’ and maternal nutrition. UNICEF programming will complement the efforts of other United Nations agencies, with nutrition-sensitive interventions geared towards the sustainable shift from emergency to development with long-term nutrition interventions that address stunting and SAM. The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) is an important nutrition partner.

2. With the growing potential for domestic funding of nutrition interventions, UNICEF will increasingly focus on strengthening policies, government systems and accountability to ensure adequate nutrition financing. Recognizing geographical differences in the scale of malnutrition, UNICEF will continue to support service delivery in the north while increasing the scale and intensity of policy advice and advocacy at the federal and state levels. 

3. Humanitarian nutrition assistance will continue in critically affected northern states. UNICEF will focus on increasing the ability of the Government and partners to coordinate the sector, proactively identify risk factors for the nutritional status of the population, such as poor harvest yields, worsening purchasing power or poor feeding behaviours, and implement mitigation measures. 

4. WASH. The programme will support the Government in implementing the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, a national collaboration aiming to eliminate open defecation by 2025 and providing access to basic water supply and basic sanitation (including hand-washing facilities with soap) to all rural inhabitants by 2030. The partnership was finalized by the Ministry of Water Resources with support from the WASH Development Partners Forum, which UNICEF co-chairs with the African Development Bank. UNICEF will continue to support the humanitarian needs of IDPs in the north-east by restoring and/or expanding WASH systems for host communities and returnees, thereby contributing to early recovery.

5. The programme will advocate for increased political commitment, accountability and legislation for gender-sensitive WASH policies; formulate evidence-based plans; and coordinate, monitor and mobilize resources for scaling up WASH interventions. It will support strengthening government capacities at national and subnational levels to: deliver safe, equitable, sustainable and affordable drinking water; eliminate open defecation and ensure the safety and dignity of girls and women by involving them in design choices for facilities; provide gender-sensitive and disability-inclusive access to WASH services in schools and PHC centres; foster increased community resilience to disasters/climate change; provide better control of water-related disease outbreaks; and deliver basic WASH services in humanitarian situations. The programme will employ a mix of targeted service delivery in focus LGAs; systems strengthening including scaling up the WASH Management Information System (WASH-MIS); community engagement and women’s participation in WASH committees and in the management of WASH facilities; behaviour change communication and hygiene promotion through schools; and expanding partnerships with the private sector for market shaping and innovation.

_*To be continued…*_

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