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UNICEF calls on multisectoral actors to work with Ministry of Public Health and Lebanese nutrition sector to accelerate efforts to prevent child malnutrition in Lebanon [EN/AR] - Lebanon

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Beirut, 19 October 2022 – UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and the Lebanese Department of Nutrition, has launched a National Technical Roundtable to scale up the response to child malnutrition, both in the development and humanitarian agendas for all children and women in Lebanon. held a meeting.

The roundtable was attended by relevant ministries and stakeholders and focused specifically on the importance of nutritional health for children and women in times of crisis, supporting the operationalization of Lebanon’s National Nutrition Strategy, and supporting the five major Provided recommendations for ensuring collective accountability from delivery systems. In health, food, education and social protection.

“Lebanon has a nutrition strategy on how to address the combined burden of malnutrition over the next five years. The time has come to roll it out. It is critical that international partners, donors, academia, the nutrition sector, NGOs and all relevant partners develop strategies to prevent all forms of malnutrition. We welcome you to support us,” said Public Health Minister Dr Firas Ella Abiad.

“Early nutrition, starting before conception, is critical for a child’s growth, development, education and productive future generations,” said Eduard Beigbeder, United Nations Mission Coordinator in Lebanon. “Ensuring healthy diets and ending malnutrition has become a greater challenge for the most vulnerable groups during this difficult time in Lebanon, so under the framework of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation, should be an important part of the humanitarian response and development work of

To coincide with World Food Day on 16 October, UNICEF Headquarters is publishing Children’s Food Poverty: The Nutrition Crisis in Early Childhood. “Globally, one in three children under the age of five lives in severe food poverty, which means they are often fed very poor diets that include two food groups: cereals and possibly milk. Millions of families are struggling to provide nutritious food for their children, who need to grow, develop and learn.UNICEF is helping all countries, including Lebanon We are calling on these countries to raise the eradication of child food poverty, especially acute food poverty, to a national and global development priority,” said Victor B., UNICEF Global Director for Nutrition and Child Development. Aguayo said:

Prioritizing and funding nutrition for children’s health and development in Lebanon will help ensure significant economic returns from investments in nutrition and protect cognitive capital in the long term of the current crisis. can pave the way for preventing harmful effects.

With just eight years to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and their malnutrition targets, it is time to renew action to end all forms of child malnutrition in Lebanon. We will innovate, bridge the gap between emergency and development interventions, and work with communities to create conditions that protect families and children.