Addis Ababa December 20/2017 The government of Ethiopia is working hard to reduce stunting by half by 2020 and make free stunting children under two years by 2022.
This was disclosed at the National Nutrition Implementation review meeting that opened today.
Opening the meeting, Health Minister Professor Yifru Berhan said the government has continued its commitment to nutrition by developing the second phase of the National Nutrition Program that covers the years 2016-2020.
According to him, nutrition holds important part in Ethiopia's strengthened efforts to ensure the Sustained Development Goals which is directly or indirectly related to most of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Yifru called on all concerned bodies to exert efforts towards realizing the national target to end malnutrition by 2030.
UNICEF Country Office Representative, Gillian Mellsop said Ethiopia has successfully streamlined nutrition, gender and social development provisions into the Productive Safety Net Program IV, which has enabled tailored and targeted support to the most disadvantage pregnant, lactating mothers and caretakers of malnourished children.
The representative noted that UNICEF recognizes the country has made huge strides in fighting malnutrition and is also confident that with the coordination structures in place and commitment expressed by various stakeholders, greater achievement is within reach.
Mellsop said "UN Agencies and our development partners will continue to support the second phase of the National Nutrition Program and to reach the targets of 2020."