Training on Building Capacity for National Programme for Community Nutrition

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Chronic under-nutrition remains a critical problem in Mozambique, further fuelled by high rates of food insecurity, poor breast feeding practices, high levels of disease, and teenage pregnancy. The Mozambique National Strategy of 2010 undertook several objectives to reduce chronic malnutrition in children below five years of age. One of the objectives is to develop human resource capacity in nutrition and to strengthen national capacity for advocacy, coordination, management and progressive implementation of the ‘Multi-sectorial Action Plan for Chronic Malnutrition Reduction’.

Thus, the Ministry of Health, Mozambique requested the James P Grant School of Public Health to organise a workshop to develop the capacity of government officials from the department of nutrition. The course was held in December 2015 with participants from Mozambique, providing them with the knowledge on how to improve the performance of ACNs to increase the impact of the services that they offer to the targeted population. The courses provided the National Program for Community Nutrition in Mozambique with the tools to monitor the quality of the services delivered by the ACNs to the targeted population.