Members of the Multi-Stakeholder platforms of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement have emphasized the need for improved synergy among the networks in Nigeria to move nutrition forward.
Some participants made the recommendation at the first SUN Movement Quarterly Coordination Meeting for 2023 in Abuja supported by CS-SUNN. The SUN Movement is a global movement that puts national priorities at the heart of global efforts to improve nutrition with a vision to ensure a world free from malnutrition in all its forms. The Movement applies a Multi-Stakeholder and Multi-Sectoral approach to scaling up Nutrition interventions in Nigeria. The Quarterly Coordination meeting provides a veritable platform for efficient planning, experience sharing and interaction among key players.
25 Participants were drawn from the SUN movement Networks; the Donor/UN Network (USAID, UNICEF, Dangote Foundation), Government Network (FMoH, FMARD), SUN business network (GAIN) and the Civil Society Alliance Network (CS-SUNN, Alive and Thrive ) attended this year’s first quarterly meeting.
Representative of the Donor/UN Network, Mr Ebenezer Olulotu told CS-SUNN that “the Donor/UN are very happy to be part of this meeting and their network takes SUN movement very seriously. We are also committed to CS-SUNN and all the activities of the SUN movement in Nigeria. There is a need for the networks to deepen their engagement across networks so that the SUN movement agenda for nutrition will be executed.”
The Civil Society Spokesperson and Former Chairman of CS-SUNN, Mr Ifedilichukwu Innocent Ekene stated that “there is a need for continuous interaction among networks which will enable the networks to work, plan and deliver together and also help to cut wastage among networks and partners.”