Policy - National Nutrition Policy of Sri Lanka

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Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition
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Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, Nimal Siripala De SilvaCabinet
Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 

To achieve and maintain the nutritional well
bring of all Sri Lankans enabling them to contribute effectively towards national socio
economic growth and development
Objectives: 1. To ensure optimal nutrition throughout the life cycle.

Policy Statement 5.1.1: Pregnant Women.
Ensure appropriate and adequate nutrition and related services for all pregnant women throughout the pregnancy enabling a delivery of a healthy baby with an adequate birth weight.

Policy Statement 5.1.2: Lactating Mothers.
Ensure supportive family environment, services and regulatory safety nets to enable mothers to provide optimal care including exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and continuation of breast feeding for 2 years and beyond.

Policy Statement 5.1.3: Infant and Young Child.
Ensure a good foundation for all infants and young children during their early childhood years by providing optimal nutrition through provision of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months followed by appropriate complementary feeding together with continued breast feeding for 2 years and beyond.

Policy Statement 5.1.4: Pr-School and School Children.
Ensure all pre-school and primary school children have access to adequate and safe nutrition, which will optimise their growth and development.

Policy Statement 5.1.5: Adolescents.
Reduce undernutrition and obesity (malnutrition) among adolescents enabling them to be healthy and productive adults.

Policy Statement 5.1.6: Adults and Elderly.
Promote appropriate nutrition for adults and elderly to ensure prevention and control of nutrition related Non-Communicable Diseases. To enhance capacity to deliver effective and appropriate interventions.

Policy Statement 5.2.1: Behaviour Change Communication.
Promote behaviour change communication to all sections of population enabling them to make right food choices and care practices.

Policy Statement 5.2.2 Capacity Building.
Strengthen capacity building of health staff and community-based workers for effective behaviour change communication with regards to nutrition promotion in all sections of the community.

Policy Statement 5.2.3 Community Empowerment.
Empower the community by reorganizing grass root level community organizations, in programme planning, implementation and monitoring of nutrition intervention programmes.

Policy Statement 5.2.4 Media.
Ensure dissemination of appropriate nutrition messages and promotion programmes through media in a responsible and ethical manner. To ensure effective management of adequate nutrition to vulnerable populations.

Policy Statement 5.3.1 : Vulnerable Populations.
Ensure targeting of nutritional interventions to underserved areas, plantation community, urban poor and areas identified by the nutrition surveillance system.

Policy Statement 5.3.2: Emergencies/Conflict.
Ensure access to adequate nutrition for people affected by emergencies (conflict or natural disasters) and ensure emergency preparedness and response plans to adequately address the basic nutrition needs of all people.

Policy Statement 5.3.3Illness/PLWHA.
Ensure adequate nutrition during and after illness with special considerations on those affected with chronic diseases and people living with HIV I AIDS (PLWHA). To ensure food and nutrition security for all citizens.

Policy Statement 5.4.1 : Food Based Approaches.
Ensure access to adequate, nutritious, safe and quality food at affordable price throughout the year.

Policy Statement 5.4.2: Dietary Diversification.
Promote consumption of a wide variety of foods ensuring intake of all macro and micronutrients to prevent deficiency disorders and diet related chronic diseases.

Policy Statement 5.4.3: Nutrient Enhancement.
Promote and facilitate improvement of quality of commonly consumed food items ( eg.
food fortification) to ensure micronutrient supplementation for vulnerable groups.

Policy Statement 5.4.4: Food Safety.
Enact and implement of appropriate legislations and other regulatory mechanisms to ensure provision of safe nutrition to all citizens of Sri Lanka.5. To strengthen advocacy, partnerships and networking.

Policy Statement 5.5.1 : Political Commitment.
Establish a mechanism for regular consultation and dialogue between political leadership, policy planners and other stakeholders to ensure sustainability of programmes in coherence with other nutrition related policies.

Policy Statement 5.5.2: Inter Agency Partnership.
Strengthen partnerships and networking with relevant sectors and stakeholders including private sector for undertaking collaborative programmes to improve nutrition at community level.6. To strengthen research, monitoring and evaluation.

Policy Statement 5.6.1 : Nutrition Surveillance.
Promote establishment and operation of National Nutrition Surveillance System providing policy makers, programme managers, and nutrition care providers with evidence needed for better programme management

Policy Statement 5.6.2: Evidence Based Review.
Prioritise and support research oriented activities and utilize evidence for regular monitoring and periodic evaluations of nutrition programmes


WHO 2nd Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017

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