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Remmy Butia November 17, 2022

IMPROVING NUTRITION BUDGETING IN HEALTH SECTOR PLANS

Good nutrition is essential to keeping current and future generations healthy across the lifespan. A healthy diet helps children grow and develop properly and reduces their risk of chronic diseases. Adults who eat a healthy diet live longer and have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Healthy eating can help people with chronic diseases manage these conditions and avoid complications.

However, when healthy options are not available, people may settle for foods that are higher in calories and lower in nutritional value.

Nutrition is key to improving budget efficiency. Regularly tracking nutrition programme finances is necessary for the government and partners for decisionā€making and to prioritize nutrition and optimally utilize allocated funds.

The County Government of Nandi County has been working closely with Nutrition International by developing and implementing the County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) 2018-2022. CNAP identifies priority actions and associated costs for the country to address malnutrition.

Earlier today the County Department of Health hosted the National Taxpayers Association (NTA) and Christian Aid who are in the county to undertake a budget analysis and advocacy on nutrition.

The team will also be meeting with the County Assembly Committee on Health.

Present at the event were the CEC for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech, Ms Irine Atieno from NTA, County Director for Health Dr David Bungei and County Head of Civic Education Felix Maiyo among other Officials.

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