Nigeria’s malnutrition challenge
Malnutrition remains a major health and development issue in Nigeria, contributing to as much as 50% of under-five mortality in the country. A recent seminar in London explored the challenges and opportunities facing efforts to improve the situation.
Nigeria has attempted to address the issue of malnutrition by developing a costed national food and nutrition policy plan of action, which is currently under review, and a multi-sectoral Nutrition Partners Platform to drive and coordinate commitment and action. However, low public funding for nutrition and a challenging federalised system of governance are considerable hurdles.
A seminar, hosted by the King’s College London International Development Institute and the ORIE Consortium (Oxford Policy Management, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Institute of Development Studies and Save the Children), examined ways to improve nutrition outcomes in Africa’s most populous country.