On 20 October 2015, the SUN Movement Annual Progress was launched during the opening ceremony of the 2015 SUN Movement Global Gathering in Milan, Italy. The report provides a detailed snapshot of the progress and results towards scaling up nutrition in SUN Countries and the broad evolution of the Movement.
The regional launch of the report follows the global launch that was held in November last year at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome.
“This report is the first of its kind that gives us a well-researched and integrated picture of the challenge of nutrition,” says Baguma Tinkasiimire Richard, the coordinator of the Uganda Health Communication Alliance ahead of the launch.
Experts have recommended stronger accountability for nutrition In order to strategically and effectively solve malnutrition which has become a global crisis.
Members of the Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling Up Nutrition (UCCOSUN) joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week, which is held every first week of August.
This year’s commemoration was under the theme “Breastfeeding: A winning goal for a healthy and productive life”.
The Coalition anticipated in a week-long of activities, beginning with a Breakfast meeting for Woman MPs, a media dialogue focused on tobacco and its impact on pregnant and breastfeeding mothers among others.
Uganda joined the rest of the world in celebrating the Global Week for Action for nutrition.
In Kampala, United Nations agencies, Members of Parliament, civil society coalitions, Forum for education NGOs, media, cultural leaders, children and other dignitaries commemorated the week under the theme: “Investing in children and young people towards a Uganda fit for children”. Princess Ruth Nsemerere Komuntale of Toro kingdom officiated at the opening ceremony.
Nutrition stakeholders from multiple sectors have agreed to launch the new communication strategy in July 2014.
Nutritionists engaged in a half day event to validate the Nutrition Advocacy and Communication Strategy (NAC) for the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) in a workshop in May 2014.
Government officals included representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Agriculture, and of course the UNAP coordinating authority, the Office of the Prime Minister.
Development partners like UNICEF, USAID, FAO were among the stakeholders engaged in streamlining the strategy. A member of the delegation of the EU was also presented, not forgetting of course nutrition CSOs, and other members under the UCCOSUN umbrella.