Learning Exchange Program in Asia 17-20 July, 2017

Responding to the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Civil Society learning needs, the SUN Civil Society Network (CSN) formulated a learning programme to prioritize peer to peer learning and Civil Society Alliances (CSAs) mutual support in Anglophone Africa and Asia. The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) funds the programme. Overall aim of the programme: To contribute to stronger, more aligned civil society alliances with the capacity to actively contribute to national efforts while responding to needs on the ground. CSAs are able to effectively contribute to multi-stakeholder platforms and CSAs will promote cascade capacity strengthening of their alliance members (from villages and communities to municipalities to districts / regions / provinces / counties to national level actors). The international learning exchange in Asia created a platform for regional CSAs to share and learn from Civil Society practices and experiences that are successful and effective in scaling up nutrition. The learning exchange included the representatives from SUN CSAs in the Asia region including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Philippines.

Interaction program on Role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in reducing all forms of malnutrition: In the context of UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

The event "Interaction program on Role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in reducing all forms of malnutrition: In the context of UN Decade of Action on Nutrition" was organized by Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition, Nepal (CSANN) on 29 December, 2016 in financial support of Save the Children. The program was conducted in the participation of representatives from Nepal Government, Honorable Parliamentarians, EDPs, Nutrition experts, I/NGOs, civil society, academia and media. The panel members were: Honorable Ranju Kumari Jha (Women, Children, Senior citizen and Social Welfare Committee- Chair-person, Legislature Parliament of Nepal), Mr. Atma Ram Pandey (Former Secretary, Nepal Government), Dr. Manav Bhattarai (Health Specialist, World Bank), Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kant Adhikari (Nutrition expert) and Dr. Kalpana Tiwari (Civil Society). The event facilitation was done by Mr. Ishwar Dahal, journalist. The coordination for event was done by Mr. Bishnu Shrestha. In total 53 participated; including Government (6), Honorable parliamentarian (1), NGOs (25), INGOs (8), Media (6) and Academia (7). The objective of the event was to make presentation and interaction on: Role of SDGs to reduce all forms of malnutrition: context of UN Decade of Action on Nutrition.

Interaction program targeting urban setting on Junk food and its impact on children's health

CSANN organized an interaction program targeting urban setting on junk food and its effect on children's health on 12 February, 2016. In total 109 participated in the event including media, former secretary of GoN (Mr. Atma Ram Pandey) and CSANN members. The panelists of the interaction program were: Dr. Ramesh Kant Adhikari (Pediatrician and Nutrition expert), Mr. Anil Sharma Mishra (under Secretary, MoE), Mr. Purna Chandra Wasti (Senior Food Research officer, DFTQC), Mr. Hom Nath Neupane (CEO, Nebico), Chair person of N-PABSON, President of Advertising Association and Prof. Dr. Uma Koirala (CSANN Chair). The students, teachers, canteen supervisors and parents from various schools and representatives of District Education Office of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur participated in the event. The objective of the interaction program was to discuss on the impact of junk food in health, trend of market food consumption.

Interaction program with media/journalists

Half day interaction program with media people was organized on 7 January, 2016. The theme of program was to discuss on "Role and inclusive participation of media in nutrition sector. The journalist shared their practical experiences regarding nutrition issues. Further they've given written commitment for addressing nutrition as a social and developmental agenda beside health agenda. You tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE_THJeyi4Y

Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) advocacy related work of CSANN

CSANN has developed a video documentary entitled "Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) advocacy related work of CSANN". The video contains information of all the advocacy activities of CSANN. You tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45a6IMf6XOE

Media mobilization for nutrition related case/article publication

CSANN engaged journalist/media people at central and district level (in coordination with CSANN district chapters- Achham, Bajura and Kapilvastu) for writing and publishing media investigative article. The articles have been published in National and local newspapers, thus could be used as advocacy tool. Link (central level): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1766161100282007.1073741877.1563624467202339&type=3

Nutrition Advocacy Training

Two days' Nutrition Advocacy Training in line with Multi Sector Nutrition Plan for CSANN members including 5 district chapters was organized on 6-7 December, 2015 in Kathmandu. The general objective of training is to impart knowledge on concepts of food and nutrition, nutritional situation plan and policies and develop skill to integrate and impart food and nutrition promotion programs in a multi-sector perspective as defined in Multi-sector Nutrition Plan in particular to advocate for nutrition promotion at various levels by the CSOs. In total 65 participated in the program including INGOs (8), NGOs (46), academia (5), media (2) activist (1) and government (3).

Budget Analysis Workshop

The nutrition budget analysis workshop for CSOs was organized on 7 October, 2016. The practical based workshop was technically facilitated by Dr. Devi Prasai, Senior Health Economist and the team. The workshop helped to build the technical capacity of CSOs on budget analysis with focus on Multi Sector Nutrition Plan. The objectives of the workshop are:To observe the past and current trend of the nutrition share within the national budget; To observe the composition of the nutrition budget;To discuss on recommendation that address the planning and budgeting challenges

District level Public Hearing on Effective Implementation of Multi Sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP)

CSANN in coordination with district chapters (Achham, Bajura and Jumla) organized the event "Public hearing on effective implementation of Multi Sector Nutrition Plan" at district level on September and October 2015.The public hearing event was also conducted at VDC level of Jumla district. The event helped to explore about the implementation status of MSNP in district level and the level of public awareness regarding MSNP. Public hearing- Jumla district: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9okABmvZPY; Public hearing- Achham district: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYprEa3R0uQ; Public hearing- Bajura district: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_JsYi5ucY

Interaction program with hospital staffs-2015

CSANN did campaigning at hospitals to advocate Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) components and bring a discussion for creating favorable environment among hospital staff. The program was conducted on 7 and 27 August, 2015 at Kanti Children Hospital and Prasutigriha Maternity Hospital respectively. Nutrition experts, Senior/Chief Consultant Pediatricians and Nursing chief from Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) facilitated the sessions. The event further helped to explore situation of breastfeeding in maternity hospitals with interaction and way forward to certify the hospitals as baby friendly hospitals. Major discussion points: The breast feeding policy must be made with the provision of paid maternity for 6 months; Breastfeeding corner should be made in the workplace focusing the lactating working mothers; Reassessment of the hospitals certified as BFHI many years back were not fulfilling all the 10 steps of BFHI activities. The components of Baby Friendly Hospital initiatives should be assessed in children and maternity hospitals and further action plan should be developed to certify them as Baby friendly hospital; The government should invest on certifying the hospital as baby friendly hospitals; There should be adequate government sanctioned post for nursing staffs in maternity hospitals; Formal and informal working mothers should have adequate space, benefits and maternity leave for exclusive breastfeeding. Video coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW8s0CROc3I; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqSgAO6umr0

Nutrition Advocacy Training for Civil Society Organizations in Saptari and Kapilvastu districts

CSANN in coordination with district chapter- Saptari and Kapilvastu, organized Two days' Nutrition Advocacy Training in districts on June-July, 2015. The training was organized with the objective of orienting CSOs about nutrition and identification of nutrition issues from district level.

CSANN Talk Program on: Nutrition in Emergency and Post Emergency situation with nutrition advocates

CSANN conducted a talk program entitled "Nutrition in Emergency and Post Emergency situation with nutrition advocates" on 24th June, 2015 (9th Asadh, 2072). The panelist of the talk program were Mr. Giri Raj Subedi (Nutrition Section Chief, Child Health Division), Mr. Ram Hari Subedi (Honorable Parliamentarian) and Mr. Sunil Shrestha (CSANN Executive Committee - Member). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMJLPfIe-CM

Capacity Need Assessment of CSOs in Jumla district

CSANN successfully conducted capacity need assessment of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Policy Advocacy, Budget Analysis and Monitoring and Evaluation in Jumla district. The need assessment was done on 14th June, 2015 (31st Jestha, 2072).

CSANN district chapter established in Jumla

CSANN district chapter was successfully established in Jumla district on 14th June, 2015 (31st Jestha, 2072).

Orientation on Multi Sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP) to CSOs in Kapilvastu and Jumla districts

CSANN in coordination with National Planning Commission/ National Nutrition and Food Security Secretariat organized an orientation program about Multi Sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP) to CSOs on 21st April, 2015 (8th Baisakh, 2072) in Kapilvastu district and 13th June, 2015 (30th Jestha, 2072) in Jumla districts respectively.

MSNP Talk Show Broadcasted The Connection

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CSANN video documentary on MSNP - With case collection from Achham and Kapilvastu districts

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CSANN Television Talk Show

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CSANN Programme in NTV News

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CSANN video documentary about Public Hearing on "Effective Implementation of MSNP" from didtrict level at Kapilvastu and central level from Kathmandu

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Public Hearing on Effective Implementation of Multi Sector Nutrition Plan(MSNP)

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Training on Budget Analysis based on Multi Sector Nutriton Plan

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Interaction program about the role of media in the nutrition sector

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CSANN Learning/ Exposure Visit to SUN Country Dhaka, Bangladesh (South-South Cooperation)

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Interaction program with honorable parliamentarians

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CSANN Workshop to fine tune the advocacy messages and event to share the nutrition messages

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