Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
June 24, 2013
The Lancet Series was presented to nutrition stakeholders in Ethiopia as part of the reauthorization of the country’s second National Nutrition Program (NNP) on June 24th. Through the NNP, the Ethiopian government aims to reduce stunting from 44.4% to 30%; reduce wasting from 9.7 to 3%; and reduce chronic undernutrition in women of reproductive age from 27% to 19% by 2015. The NNP approach is rooted in the Series findings and recommendations.
Kicking off a three day technical workshop on nutrition, speakers welcomed the new NNP and affirmed their support for achieving its goals. Participants included First Lady Roman Tesfaye, Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, Health Minister Dr. Kesetbrehan Admassu, US Ambassador Donald Booth, UNICEF Representative Peter Salama and DFID Head of Human Development Peter Hawkins. The NNP was officially accepted by State Ministers representing nine different sectors.
Lancet Series Coordinator Bob Black and Paper two author Anna Lartey presented key findings from the Series as part of the day’s events. Joan Matji from UNICEF and Professor Tefera Belechew from Jimma University moderated a discussion on the implications of the Series findings for Ethiopia and how the Series’ recommendations were incorporated into the NNP. Panelists included Ferew Lemma (FMOH), Habtamu Fekadu (Save the Children), Eleni Asmare (FAO), Berhanu Hailigiorgis (DFID) and Augustin Flory (CIFF).
Looking ahead, nutrition stakeholders in Ethiopia will be focused on the implementation of the NNP across the country, as well as ensuring an open and transparent accountability process to meet the targets set forth in the strategy.