Multi-sectoral nutrition interventions are likely to be a new concept for some nutrition coordination committee members and their stakeholders. Focused orientation and advocacy activities within the district help create awareness and support and foster an enabling political environment for multi-sectoral nutrition interventions.
Orientations for nutrition coordination committees should provide information on the current nutrition situation and its underlying causes and clarify the expected roles and responsibilities of committee members in addressing the situation.
Advocacy raises awareness of the community’s nutrition problems among key decision makers and community members. It also generates commitment to seek solutions to those problems and encourages ownership of intervention plans.
Orientation and advocacy work are critical in the early stages of nutrition coordination committee activities. The resources below are designed to support the start-up of new nutrition coordination committees. They can also be used to provide refresher information as new or additional stakeholders are brought on board.