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Nepal hosts SUN Global Gathering on November 4-7

KATHMANDU: Nepal is hosting the Global Gathering on Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) on coming November 4-7.
During the gathering, it is all set to share with the international community about progress it has achieved so far in the nutrition sector and related future programmes as well.
The SUN global gathering is being held first time in the South Asia.
It may be noted that the National Planning Commission (NPC) had first time implemented the five-year multi-sectoral nutrition plan in 2013. With the successful implementation of the first project, the second plan is being implemented and it covers 610 local levels of 62 districts identified as the districts with a poor nutrition status.
According to NPC Spokesperson Dr Kiran Rupakheti, the nutrition programmes mainly focused on education, health, agriculture and women groups have significantly contributed to scaling up nutrition level and thus combating malnutrition issues.
Nepal is an active member of the Scaling of Nutrition Campaign aims to broaden the nutrition-related programmes worldwide and end malnutrition in all its forms.
According to Rupakheti, 1,200 representatives from 80 countries will be arriving for the gathering which will witness 25 workshops The first gathering was held in 2013 in New York, America; the second in 2014 in Rome, Italy followed by the third in 2015 in Milan, Italy and the fourth in 2017 in Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan.
State of Nutrition and children in Nepal
According to the report titled ‘The State of the World’s Children 2019: Children, Food and Nutrition’ published by UNICEF recently, 36 per cent of Nepali children below five years were stunted, 27 per cent under-weight, 1.2 per cent were overweight and 10 per cent of them were suffering from wasting (low weight for height).
Likewise, the prevalence of women of reproductive age-group with obesity was recorded at 22 per cent while 17 per cent women of were under-weight.
Another statistics shows that one every three children under five were either stunted or overweight or suffering from wasting across the world.
Similarly, the Nepal National Micronutrient Status Survey -2016 that assessed micronutrients status among representative populations in Nepal had concluded that 32 per cent of the teenagers in the country were stunted due to the risk of food crisis.
Children and adolescents are being deprived of going to school due to acute poverty and malnutrition. The number of the stunted children in the privileged family among the representatives populations stood at 16.5 and around 50 per cent of the children coming from under-privileged communities are stunted.

Published Date: Monday, October 28th, 2019 | 03:00 PM

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