PLAN OF ACTION FOR NUTRITION: Improve diet to improve health
Goal: To improve healthy diets in the FSM.
Objective 3. Develop nutrition policies - To incorporate clear nutrition goals and components in national development policies and sectoral plans, programs and projects, particularly in the areas of food and agriculture, fisheries, forestry, health, education, and environment.
3.1 Strengthen NFNC
3.2 Endorsement of Nutrition policies completed.
3.3 Establish Salt Reduction Program in the FSM
3.4 Advocacy seminars on nutrition for policy makers, leaders
3.5 Review FSM dietary guidelines
3.6 Encourage healthy school policies (School Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines)
3.7 Encourage and promote a wide usage of the MODFAT in the clinics as a prescription and counseling tool, in all government and public food establishments and in the homes
3.8 Encourage healthy diets via church and community programs
Objective4. Improving Households Access to Nutritious and Local Foods - Achieving food security has three dimensions, which all equally important in the FSM context. They are: (i) ensuring a safe and nutritionally adequate food supply both at the national and household level; (ii) ensuring a reasonable degree of stability in the supply of food both from one year to the next and during the year; (iii) ensuring that each household has physical, social and economic access to enough food to meet its needs
4.1 Initiate price control on key food items
4.2 Review feasibility of Government subsidy on local food industry
4.3 Improve the availability of good quality seeds and plants
4.4 Establish monitoring system for nutrition (food security)
Objective 5. Promoting Breastfeeding to Prevent Malnutrition and the Introductory of Certain Diseases to Young Children 0-6 years up to Two Years- Exclusive breastfeeding to 6 months and continued breastfeeding for up to 2 years with quality complementary foods.
5.1 All prenatal and post natal mothers to receive education on breastfeeding and preparation of Complementary foods using local foods.
5.2 To have an Infant Feeding Policy in place using locally grown food.
5.3 All children to be monitored for growth and child development
5.5 Monitoring and Evaluation to be conducted for all infant feeding activities.
5.6 Continue BFHI training and assessments
5.7 WHO Code endorsed legislation (Infant and young child feeding)
5.8 Education on BF in school curriculum
5.9 BF education and support for new mothers & improved monitoring of BF rates
Objective 6. Prevent Micronutrient Deficiencies - The FSM suffers from key micronutrient deficiencies among some of the most vulnerable groups. Vitamin A deficiency is widespread, as is iron-deficiency anemia especially in pregnant women.
6.2 Strengthen programs for Vitamin A deficiency
6.3 Investigate legislation on compulsory food fortification of key products