Many Ugandans, especially the children, are deficient in micronutrients of vitamin A, iron, zinc, iodine and folate. As a consequence of these and other micronutrient deficiencies, millions of Ugandans are prevented from realizing their full potential as students, workers, parents and citizens. In a bid to address the micronutrient deficiency scourge, food fortification was introduced as a cost-effective nutrition-specific intervention. Along the way, it was realised that a strategy was required.
Ministry of Health (MoH), which houses the National Working Group on Food Fortification (NWGFF), with support from the USAID-funded Strengthening Partnerships, Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project hired a consultant to develop a five years’ National Food Fortification Strategy for Uganda. The consultant completed his task and the NWGFF was then tasked with finalising the strategy. A workshop was organised by MoH with support of SPRING/Uganda Project for the finalisation of the strategy. As a member of the NWGFF, the UGAN Society was invited to take part in the workshop that took place from 13th to 16th June, 2016 at Sunset Hotel International, Jinja.
The National Food Fortification Strategy is going to provide an overarching framework for developing a strategic plan and comprehensive fortification program in which several staple food products will be fortified with key micronutrients necessary for adequate health and proper growth. The Strategy has been aligned to the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan, National Development Plan-2 and Nutrition Strategy for Uganda that aims to address nutrition on a wider scale and will serve as a guide at both policy and implementation levels. Matters concerning the technical aspects of the program as well as the necessary capacities for its monitoring and success have all been outlined in the Strategy.
The final approved strategy will be available mid-July 2016.
written by Tracy L. Birungi