The grant to UNICEF in Tanzania will deliver:
- A costed work plan to develop the National Nutrition Information System to be used by the Tanzanian government, donors and partners. This will provide timely quality data on nutrition which will help a wide range of ministries and partners plan and implement nutrition programmes effectively. It will be multi-sectoral, encompassing health, agriculture, fisheries, WASH, education and other important areas for Tanzanian women and children. There will also be a nutrition scorecard and a common results framework which will help improve accountability for all partners working on nutrition in Tanzania.
- A costed implementation plan for scaling up management of Severe Acute Malnutrition, with a focus on sustainable funding. This will be combined with plans to expand and scale-up infant and young child feeding and increase access to micronutrient foods.
The investment aims to:
- Improve the quality of nutrition data in Tanzania. This includes increasing and scaling-up nutrition interventions for mothers and children, and increasing government and donor spending.
- Increase coverage of treatment of children under five years old with severe acute malnutrition from 5% in 2014 to 75% in 2021.
Based on detailed analysis and a consultative workshop on better management of severe acute malnutrition, a costed action plan for scaling up the integrated management of severe acute malnutrition was finalised.
Other activities to-date include:
- Drafting of a plan to strengthen the national nutrition information system
- Testing the nutrition scorecard in Mbeya, Iringa and Njombe regions
- Ongoing training on data collection
This programme also supported the procurement of supplies to provide treatment for 1,350 children with severe acute malnutrition for another CIFF programme in Tanzania.