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NIPN RESEARCH BRIEFS

In Ethiopia, the prevalence of overweight, obesity, and nutrition-related non-communicable diseases (NR-NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes has been increasing considerably in the past decade. NCDs account for 70% of all global deaths annually. Moreover, rates of overweight/obesity, which are risk factors for NR-NCDs, have nearly tripled over the last half-century. This brief describes: i.

For the last two decades in Ethiopia, ending malnutrition has been a national government priority. The government of Ethiopia recognizes that high quality and timely data are needed to identify the magnitude of malnutrition and to assess the impact of evidence-based interventions.

In 2020, the NIPN team worked on secondary analysis to respond to the policy question identified during the PQF cycle in 2019, namely: "Progress in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) coverage and its contributions to the reduction in stunting and diarrhea".

As part of the NIPN's policy question formulation (PQF) process, a review of nutrition policy landscape (including policies, strategies, and guidelines) was conducted between January-May 2020. The goal was to document nutrition policy outputs over the last 10 years based on published policy documents. The specific objectives of the review were to identify and describe: 

Ethiopia has achieved remarkable success in the reduction of malnutrition in the past decade. However, despite the notable progress, the burden of malnutrition is still high.

Appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices are critical for optimal child growth and development. Despite some progress, the implementation of IYCF practices is still sub-optimal in Ethiopia. A key component of a strong, synergistic approach for improving the health and nutritional wellbeing of children is the use of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) interventions.