SUN Secretariat and SUNI-SCP organise Budget Tracking Workshop for Partners

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The Scaling Up Nutrition Secretariat (SUN) Office of the Vice President and Scaling Up Nutrition and Immunization Civil Society Platform (SUNI-CSP) on 12th May, held a workshop on Budget Tracking Validation at the SUN Secretariat Office of the Vice President. The workshop attracted the attendance of representatives from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHs), Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST), Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), Civil Society and UN Agencies...click to read more

Obesity causes rise in malnutrition

According to BBC reports, "Malnutrition is sweeping the world, fuelled by obesity as well as starvation, new research has suggested."
The new study titled 2016 Global Nutrition Report said 44% of countries were now experiencing "very serious levels" of both under-nutrition and obesity.
It means one in three people suffers from malnutrition in some form, according to the study of 129 countries.

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The report further reveals that being malnourished is "the new normal".

Malnutrition has traditionally been associated with children who are starving, have stunted growth and are prone to infection.
These are still major problems, but progress has been made in this area.

The report's authors instead highlighted the "staggering global challenge" posed by rising obesity.

The increase is happening in every region of the world and in nearly every country, they said.

Hundreds of millions of people are malnourished because they are overweight, as well as having too much sugar, salt or cholesterol in their blood, the report said.

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Protecting Women and Children in Zika-Affected Countries

The explosion of the Zika virus in South America, Central America and the Caribbean has provided more vivid evidence of the urgency to invest in pandemic prevention and preparedness.

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The virus is spread by the day-biting Aedes aegypti mosquito that also carries dengue and chikungunya viruses. Although it was first identified in 1947, until the 2000s it had been confined to Africa.

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Digital payments saved $10m during Ebola outbreak, UN study finds

Digital payments to emergency workers saved time and more than $10m in costs during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, a United Nations-backed initiative has found.

A study by the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA), a partnership of governments, companies and international organisations, found that most of the cost savings came from eliminating illegitimate workers who were not really involved in the response.

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Using mobile phones as “digital wallets” instead of cash ensured the right people were paid the right amount, and on time.

Ruth Goodwin-Groen, managing director at the BTCA, said that Sierra Leone’s experience showed the importance of establishing national policy frameworks and infrastructure that enable flexible digital payments, especially before a humanitarian crisis strikes.

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