Country updates

REACH support continues in Tanzania thanks to funding from Irish Aid
7 July 2017

Tanzania is benefitting from an Irish Aid grant, which will help to maintain momentum and consolidate gains from the prior Canadian-funded REACH engagement. Following the service of an international and national REACH facilitator, who were recruited to guide the initial engagement from 2012 to 2016, the current REACH support is channelled through the UN Network for SUN (UNN). Various considerations factored into this decision, including acknowledgement of the country's more advanced capacity in terms of nutrition governance today and the strengthened UNN. A Regional REACH Facilitator, based in Nairobi, is helping to steer the current REACH activities, which will extend through April 2018.

REACH is supporting the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC), the President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development on various nutrition governance activities. Thus far, REACH has assisted the TFNC with the development and updating of Terms of Reference (ToR) for national nutrition coordination structures, both those operating at the technical and political levels. These coordination mechanisms are stipulated by the National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP), endorsed in 2016. They include: (a) the High Level Nutrition Steering Committee; (b) Multi-sectoral Nutrition Technical Working Group; and (c) thematic groups for the NMNAP. On 12-13 June 2017, the TFNC organized a two-day validation workshop, with the support of REACH, where stakeholders discussed the proposed ToR, prompting a final round of revisions to reflect the outcomes of those discussions. REACH activities also seek to enhance harmonization and coherence among the UN agencies engaged, including the anticipated finalization of the UN Nutrition Agenda.
 

Tanzania pilots nutrition scorecards to step up accountability and accelerate action
18 December 2015
Government is highly committed to nutrition in Tanzania, starting with the Office of the President, which has called for the development of a comprehensive nutrition scorecard.  The Prime Minister's Office has followed suit and is leading this work, with the technical expertise of the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre and further technical and financial support from the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), UNICEF and REACH. In February 2015, actors convened to collectively strategize about the conceptualization of the nutrition scorecard, capitalizing on the experience with ALMA's scorecards on reproductive maternal, newborn and child health and REACH-supported situation analysis and coverage dashboards.
The scorecards are a concrete instrument for bridging nutrition actions between national and sub-national levels and fostering increased nutrition accountability. They help visualize existing multi-sectoral data on process indicators coupled with nutritional impact indicators, which are aligned to country priorities, with a view to guiding decision making.  Whereas the process indicators will be reported on quarterly basis, the data on impact indicators will be extracted from periodic national surveys. Currently being piloted in three regions with UNICEF support, other UN partners (e.g. WFP, WHO) are showing interest in rolling out the scorecard in their areas of operation.  REACH has helped facilitate multi-sectoral dialogue on the development of the scorecard, promoting the inclusion of nutrition-related indicators from health, WASH, agriculture, community development, education and nutrition financing.

REACH mapping support catalyzed government interest for replication at the district level
14 December 2015
The stakeholder and activity mapping, supported by REACH in collaboration with WHO, has sparked government interest for conducting a similar exercise in all districts. The initial mapping provided an overview of "who is doing what" nutrition actions in 30 regions and seven districts. Since then, REACH has supported the government with refining the tool, which has involved harmonizing multiple nutrition mapping tools. Piloted in two districts of the Morogoro region, the district mapping was later executed in ten others in October 2015, following REACH-supported trainings on the harmonized tool that were provided to staff at the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center (TFNC) as well as to district nutrition officers.

The results revealed that all partners operating in the ten mapped districts are implementing nutrition actions that are aligned to government priorities, as identified by the National Nutrition Strategy (2011-2016). In addition, the tool enabled stakeholders to measure aspects of nutrition capacity, indicating that eight out of ten districts had at least one supervisory activity in the last six months despite a series challenges (e.g. inadequate human resources, lack of a discreet nutrition budget). Moving forward, the district mapping exercise will be institutionalized by TFNC in order to regularly update mapping data for decision making.

Joint Multi-sectoral Nutrition Review incites reflection on the operationalization of the national nutrition strategy and multi-sectoral coordination
5 September 2015
Following the success of the first Joint Multi-sectoral Nutrition Review (JMNR) in August 2014 - initiated by REACH in collaboration with other partners - the Prime Minister's Office convened a second JMNR in Dar es Salaam on 3-4 September 2015. This year's review was organized by the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC), with REACH facilitation support and technical assistance from multiple partners. The review provided an opportunity for relevant sectors to take stock of recent progress on the implementation of the National Nutrition Strategy (2011-2016) and to reflect upon the functionality of nutrition coordination mechanisms. Similarly, it provided a forum for actors to consider challenges and lessons learned from efforts to implement the recommendations of the first JMNR.  
 

 

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