Policy - Egypt National Plan of Action for Nutrition

Date:
1994
Published by:
the Ministry of Agriculture
Published year:
1994
Is the policy document adopted?:
Yes
Adopted by:
Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Supply (1994), Department of the Prime Minister (1995)
Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan

Tabs

Goals
Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 

 

Theme3: Protecting Consumers through Improved Food Quality and Safety

Goals:

  1. Ensuring that the health conditions and nutrient composition are retained during the food chain i. e production, post harvest techniques, storage, handling, processing, packaging and preparation.
  2. Raising consumers' awareness against being offered foods that are injurious to health, unfit for human consumption or are nutritionally or economically debased.

Objectives:

  1. Preventing and controlling 50% of biological and chemical contamination of food in the field before year 2000.
  2. Promoting hygienic practices throughout the food industry by establishing codes and standards. A strong committee for standardization should be established within six months.
  3. Training of 30% of food processing and handling personnel in two years.
  4. Promoting a safe and honestly presented food supply by 50-60% requiring composition and nutrient information on food labels within three years.

Theme4: Preventing and Managing Infectious Disease.

Goal:

To improve the nutrition status of the population through prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Objective:

 To reduce both morbidity and mortality rates from infectious disease particularly among infants and young children by 50% by year 2000.

 

Theme5: Promoting Breast Feeding

Goals:

  1. Protecting and promoting breast feeding.
  2. Improving the nutritional and health status of infants, pregnant and lactating mothers.
  3. Increasing social and health awareness about the importance of breastfeeding.
  4. Implementation of the components of the international code and follow up its continuity in breast feeding and other health care facilities.

Objectives:

  1. To maintain and supporting B.F. practice rate to be over 90% by year 2000.
  2. To increase exclusive B.F: rate in the first four months to be 50% by year 2000.
  3. To ensure the implementation of the Egyptian version of the international code of marketing breast milk substitutes within one year.

Theme6: Caring for the Socio-economic Deprived and Nutritionally Vulnerable

Goals:

  1. To promote the nutritional status of vulnerable groups particularly infants, young children, pregnant and lactating mothers and combating all forms of nutritional deficiency disorders.
  2. To reduce low birth weight resulting from maternal malnutrition.
  3. To promote the health status of vulnerable groups by adequate health care.
  4. To ensure that adequate nutrition and safe diet is a basic human right. Measures should be taken to help the socio economically deprived people have access to adequate nutrition.

Objectives:

  1. To decrease infant and child mortality rates by 50% by year 2000.
  2. To decrease low birth weight (LBW) by 50% by year 2000.
  3. To decrease prevalence of nutritional deficiency diseases by 50% and IDD to be eliminated by year 2000.

Theme7: Preventing and Controlling Specific Micronutrient Deficiencies

       I.            Iron

Goal:

Prevention and control of iron deficiency anemia among high risk groups.

Objective:

To reduce prevalence of iron deficiency anemia by 30 % in mothers and preschool age children before year 2000.

 

     II.            Iodine

Goal:

Prevention of iodine deficiency among vulnerable groups.

Objectives:

  • To ensure National Iodization of salt before end of 1995.
  • To eliminate IDD before the year 2000.

 

  III.            Vitamin A

Goal:

 Prevention of vitamin A deficiency and its complications in the high risk groups (preschool age children 6 M.- 6 Y., pregnant and lactating women).

Objectives:

  • To assess the present situation regarding vitamin A status in Egypt.
  • To reduce vitamin A deficiency by 50% within 3 years and eliminate before year 2000.

 

Theme8: Promoting Appropriate Diets and Healthy Life Styles

Goal:

To develop a comprehensive strategy for the primary prevention of diet related non-communicable diseases. The prevention should start in early childhood and continue throughout, youth in order to avoid the emergence of established risk factors in adults.

Objective:

To reduce the prevalence of chronic non communicable diseases by 50% before year 2000.

 

Theme9: Assessing Analyzing and Monitoring Nutrition Situation

Goal:

To establish a nutrition surveillance system based on the regular activities and information collected by PHC terms and Agriculture Extension Agents regarding nutritional status of the population and its determinants.

Objectives:

  • To establish the nutritional surveillance project conducted by FAO and nutrition unit of the Ministry Of Agriculture to be modified for setting the national surveillance system.
  • To expand the system gradually to cover the 26 governorates within 10 years.
Reference: 

WHO Global Database on National Nutrition Policies and Programmes

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