Nutrition (NUT)


The Nutrition Programme contributes to the improvement of the food and nutritional status of populations of countries in the African Region, particularly vulnerable groups (babies, young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers) by assisting Member States to:

There have been active partnerships with key stakeholders and partners in the implementation and promotion of key activities such as:

  • the promotion of optimal foetal growth and development using Essential Nutrition Action as the entry point;
  • capacity building on the Integrated Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling Course;
  • implementation of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the context of HIV/AIDS;
  • implementation and monitoring of the International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes;
  • and training on the WHO Child Growth Standard.

There have also been increased efforts at mainstreaming nutrition into MNCH and HIV services at various forums. Countries have also been sensitized and provided technical orientation on the need to revitalize nutrition surveillance in countries.

Dietary habits are often rooted in local and regional traditions. National strategies need to be culturally appropriate and be able to challenge cultural influences and to respond to changes over time. Dietary recommendations include the following:

  • achieve energy balance and a healthy weight
  • limit energy intake from total fats and shift fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids
  • increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, and legumes, whole grains and nuts
  • limit the intake of free sugars
  • limit salt (sodium) consumption from all sources and ensure that salt is iodized.

For more information please contact


Dr Adelheid Werimo Onyango
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