Report of the WINNN-ORIE Nutrition Stakeholders Engagement Event, 29 April 2014, Abuja

Malnutrition is at critical levels in Northern Nigeria. Interventions, supported by DFID, include a programme of Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) and its independent Operations Research and Impact Evaluation (ORIE) project. Both work with the Government of Nigeria.On the morning of Tuesday 29 April 2014, about 70 stakeholders discussed how to tackle undernutrition in Northern Nigeria, including staff from state and federal government, multilateral agencies, Nigerian research institutions, and domestic and international nongovernmental organisations. The meeting was convened in Abuja at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and the National Planning Commission (NPC) Nigeria. The meeting reviewed the implications of new research findings by ORIE on the severity of malnutrition in Northern Nigeria and the interventions implemented by the (WINNN) programme, in partnership with government, to tackle malnutrition. This report summarises the key issues and recommendations. 

The WINNN programme works in five states in Northern Nigeria (Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, Yobe and Zamfara) to improve nutrition through the management of severe acute malnutrition, promoting better feeding for young children, and ensuring children and pregnant women receive essential nutrients. WINNN works to build the capacity of state and local government areas (LGAs) to implement nutrition interventions as routine services through existing primary health care structures.

The ORIE project works alongside WINNN to identify the scale, causes and underlying factors of malnutrition providing evidence that will help improve programme quality and impact and support evidence-based advocacy to leverage domestic resources for tackling malnutrition. Some of the key results of the baseline assessment presented at the meeting are summarised in this document (full reports are available on the DFID HEART website).