Country updates

REACH actively involved in the establishment and operationalization of Mali's new Nutrition Coordination Unit
29 May 2017

On 1 June 2016, the Government of Mali inaugurated its newly established Nutrition Coordination Unit (Cellule de Coordination de la Nutrition, CCN), which will steer multi-sectoral nutrition action in the country. The event attracted a range of nutrition stakeholders to celebrate this milestone, including the SUN Government Focal Point, the Unit's newly recruited staff, REACH facilitators, other UN colleagues and various other development partners. Hosted in the Secretary General's Office of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, the unit is comprised of the Head of the CCN and two monitoring and evaluation (M&E) staff, who are closely supported by the REACH facilitators. The REACH partner agencies (WFP, FAO, UNICEF and WHO) have pooled resources to provide office furniture and equipment in order to set-up the new coordination unit.

In fact, REACH had been working extensively with the government and development partners to advocate for and to support the establishment of this new coordination body since the early stages of REACH in Mali. Facilitators played a critical role in helping to forge consensus among diverse stakeholders to anchor the cell within the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene at the Secretary General Level. A workshop was later held in Bamako on 20 July 2016, with support from REACH and USAID, to help determine the unit's priorities and the content of its roadmap. Initial mapping efforts were also launched in July 21, 2016, which are being conducted by REACH in collaboration with the CCN. With a final round of data collection currently underway, the mapping results will help to provide insight about the implementation status of the country's national nutrition plan. Today, nearly a year after the unit's inauguration, the REACH facilitators continue to support the functioning of the coordination unit, both coaching its staff on the facilitation of nutrition governance processes and financing in part the CCN's first year of operation.

Actors band together to formulate a Multisectoral Action Plan in Mali

November 2013

Actors from different stakeholder groups came together to develop a MultiSectoral Action Plan (2014-2018) in a highly participative, multi-stage process that unfolded between June and September 2013. REACH facilitators supported these efforts, working to maintain momentum and foster multi-sectoral dialogue and collaboration as widely acknowledged by country stakeholders, including the press.

Stage 1 attracted over 100 participants from six ministries, 29 governmental technical services and nineteen technical and financial partners and NGOs. Participants attended a preparatory meeting where a common understanding of the multi-sectoral aspect of nutrition was defined and working groups were established for the fourteen strategic axes of the National Policy on Nutrition.

Stage 2: Six working groups convened and worked swiftly to identify priority actions, key activities, follow-up indicators, roles and responsibilities and timeframes.

Stage 3: A workshop was held to present the results of the working groups, with opening speeches by the senior staff from the Ministry of Health and members of the REACH piloting committee. The event drew 120 participants and culminated in the formulation of a first draft of the Multisectoral Action Plan, which was later finalized by a drafting committee (Stage 4). This event was covered by Malian National Television with mention of  REACH technical and financial support.

Next steps call for the costing of the plan and for validation by the Malian government in the coming months.

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Government in Mali approves the National Nutrition Policy

January 2013

The National Nutrition Policy of Mali was approved by the Government at the Ministerial Council held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
The policy was developed to minimize the adverse effects of malnutrition on health and economic development, following the National Forum on Nutrition held in 2010. REACH played an important role in developing the technical dimension of this policy, particularly by supporting a comprehensive multi-sectoral nutrition situation analysis.
The National Nutrition Policy is a framework of reference for the different stakeholders involved in nutrition activities, and will contribute to mainstream nutrition in policies and programmes.
It is designed to help ensure every Malian a satisfactory nutritional status for his well-being, and hence contribute to the country’s development. Nutrition is acknowledged as an important aspect of the economic and social development of the country and as one of the Government’s top priorities, through inclusion into various sectors such as health, food security, water and sanitation, poverty reduction and others.
Despite the efforts and the progress made in recent years, the nutritional situation in Mali is not satisfactory and the nutritional status of vulnerable groups -especially children under five years old, pregnant women and nursing mothers- is an issue of concern. According to national nutritional surveys in Mali, one out of three children is suffering from chronic malnutrition, more than one out of ten children suffer from acute malnutrition and nearly fourteen percent of pregnant or lactating women suffer from chronic energy deficit. This situation applies to all regions and all age groups.

The Nutrition Policy will be translated into two successive five-year intersectoral action plans. The first one will cover the 2013-2017 period.

REACH works in synergy with SUN to achieve nutrition goals in Mali

September 2012

REACH Mali is working jointly with the Mali SUN Government Focal Point to achieve nutrition priorities in Mali including:
1.    the elaboration of a multisectoral action plan for nutrition;
2.    the implementation of the action plan; and
3.    the development of a National Multisectoral Nutrition Information System

The National Nutrition Policy was approved by the Government during the Ministerial Council held on Wednesday 2, January 2013.

REACH coordinated a "Feasibility Study on locally produced fortified blended foods (FBFs)"

May to September 2010

A feasibility study on locally produced fortified blended foods (FBFs) was coordinated in 2010 by REACH in collaboration with WFP Mali. The study was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The study, focusing on specialized fortified foods for young children from 6 to 24 months old, provided an overview of the FBFs market in Mali, drawing upon population estimates of vulnerable groups, national nutrition data, programming requirements and purchasing trends.


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