Nakuru County officials launch the County Nutrition Action Plan

February 23, 2021 – The County Government of Nakuru today launched its County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) for 2020-2025. The plan provides a comprehensive and costed strategy to scale up efforts to eliminate malnutrition and support the county’s development agenda.

Nakuru County’s high rates of malnutrition are a public health concern, with women, children and people living with HIV/AIDS the hardest hit. Of the 275,921 children under five living in the county, an estimated 27.9% are stunted, 5% are wasted and 10.2% are underweight.

“The County Nutrition Action Plan will further accelerate and scale up efforts towards elimination of malnutrition as a problem of public health significance in Nakuru County,” said County Governor H.E. Lee Kinyanjui. “Malnutrition has both health and economic consequences and undermines the basic human rights.”

The CNAP has incorporated the priorities of the County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2022 and the County Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan 2018-2022. It lays out actions for resource mobilization, and coordination and implementation of nutrition interventions with health and other key sectors. The plan has clearly defined targets and includes monitoring and accountability frameworks.

Nutrition International supported the development of the CNAP through its Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism’s Technical Assistance for Nutrition project, funded with UK aid from the UK government. The Ministry of Health’s Nutrition and Dietetics Unit, USAID, Afya Uzazi and Egerton University also provided technical support.

“The development and launch of the Nakuru CNAP confirms the commitment by the county’s leadership to make nutrition a priority for a healthier population,” said Nutrition International Kenya Country Director Martha Nyagaya. “It is a key milestone in addressing the problem of malnutrition in the county and nationally. We are excited that counties are willing to increase resources to nutrition. And we are excited to see multisectoral approaches to scale up nutrition in Nakuru County.”

Nutrition International has provided technical and financial support for the development of 16 of the 23 CNAPs completed in Kenya. Nakuru County’s CNAP is the 13th to be launched.