Uganda failed to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1c; Uganda is on-track to achieve only 3 of the 6 set World Health Assembly (WHA) targets and Uganda was ranked 22nd on its political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition; basically our performance needs a huge a boost. All these findings were revealed from the several reports that have come out this year, notable being: 2015 Global Nutrition Report (GNR), 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) Report, 2015 Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) Report, State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) in the World 2015 Report and State of Food & Agriculture (SOFA) in the World 2015 Report.
Faced with these revelations, the Hunger Project Uganda, Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling Up Nutrition (UCCOSUN), World Vision, Concern-Worldwide Uganda and USAID-funded Strengthening Partnerships, Results & Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) decided to engage several stakeholders in a dialogue to discuss the way-forward for the nutrition agenda in Uganda post-2015. This nutrition dialogue was held on 25th November, 2015 at Imperial Royale Hotel. The theme of the dialogue was, “Implications of the 2015 Global Nutrition Report, Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2015 and Hunger & Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) 2015 on Uganda’s Post-2015 Nutrition Agenda”. The Uganda Action for Nutrition (UGAN) Society under the UCCOSUN umbrella provided technical support towards organising and coordinating this event.
A full report and the presentations made can be accessed by clicking the links below:
Essentially, the dialogue was concluded on the note that nutrition is critical for sustainable development and the returns on nutrition investments are high. Although Uganda has made progress in reducing malnutrition, this progress has been slow and uneven going by regional prevalence levels. All actors need to be aware that although prior efforts to engage political leaders bore positive outcomes, more effort will need to be done with the coming political leadership, cabinet and parliament. Changes in leadership are normal and healthy, Non-state actors need not relent but rather continuously engage the new leaders on matters of nutrition for the mutual benefit of all-more so the vulnerable populations.
written by Tracy L. Birungi