Policy - National Nutrition Programme

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Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
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Is the policy document adopted?:
Adopted by:
National Nutrition Coordination Body (State Ministers of Health, of Education, of Industry, of Water and Energy, of Trade, of Agriculture, of Labour and Social Affairs, of Finance and Economic Development, and of Women, Children and Youth Affairs)
Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 

Strategic Objective 1: Improve the nutritional status of women (15-49 years) and adolescents (10-19 years)

  • 2015 Targets:
    • Reducing the proportion of adolescent girls aged 15-19 with a BMI<18.5 from 36% to 25%
    • Reducing the prevalence of anaemia among pregnant women from 22% to 12%

Strategic Objective 2: Improve the nutritional status of infants (0-6 months), young children (6-24 months) and children under 5 years

  • 2015 Targets:
    • Increase the proportion of infants 0-6 months old who are exclusively breastfed from 52% to 70%
    • Increase the proportion of breastfed children aged 6-23 months with the mnimum acceptable dietary score from 4% to 20%
    • Reduce the prevalence of Bitot’s spots in children aged 6-59 months from 1.7% to less than 0.5%
    • Reduce the percentage of children 6-12 years old with median urinary iodine concentration of less than 100µg/l to below 50%
    • Increase the proportion of households using iodized salt from 15.4% to 95%
    • Reduce the prevalence of anaemia in children 6-59 months from 44% to 25%
    • Increase zinc supplementation in the treatment of diarrhoea from 5%to 50%
    • Maintain coverage of vitamin A supplementation /de-worming at over 90%

Strategic objective 3: Improve the nutrition service delivery for communicable and non-communicable/lifestyle related diseases (all age groups)


Strategic objective 4: Strengthen implementation of nutrition sensitive across sectors

  • Targets:
    • Increase the proportion of households consuming fruits and vegetables by 30%
    • Increase fruit and vegetable production from 894,000 (2011) tons to 5,905,000 tons by 2015 to improve food diversification at community level
    • Increase potable water coverage from 60% to 76%
    • Increase the proportion of primary schools with school gardening to 25%
    • Increase the proportion of schools that provide biannual de-worming to 60%

Strategic objective 5: Improve multisectoral coordination and capacity to ensure implementation of the NNP

  • 2015 targets:
    • Increase the proportion of the health development army (HAD; women) trained iun the preparation of complementary food to 60%
    • 100% of nutrition sensitive sectors will integrate nutrition in their annual work plan in line with NNP
    • 100% of nutrition sensitive sector ministries will assign nutrition focal persons for the sector
    • Conduct five National Nutrition Coordinating Body (NNCB) meetings (two meetings per year)
    • 100% of the regions will establish a Regional Nutrition Coordinating Body and technical committee

WHO 2nd Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017

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