ABOUT THE EC-NIS PROJECT UNICEF and WHO, with financial support from the European Commission (EC), are implementing a project titled “Strengthening national nutrition information systems” in five countries in Africa and Asia: Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Laos, Uganda and Zambia for a period of four years (April 2020 - March 2024).
Timely and quality data with an adequate level of disaggregation are essential to guide country choices, allocate resources and monitor progress in nutrition. Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) or national nutrition surveys are the major sources of nutrition data for many countries, but they are complex and expensive undertakings that cannot be implemented with the required frequency. It is, therefore, critical to strengthen or establish integrated nutrition information systems (NIS) of countries to enhance availability and use of routine nutrition data to better support policy development, programme design and monitoring.
UNICEF and WHO’s role is to support countries in defining monitoring standards and respond to their demand for technical assistance on nutrition monitoring to address the nutrition data gaps that exist in many countries. This initiative will increase the uptake of nutrition information and provide improved knowledge for policy and programme development and implementation by increasing country capacity in monitoring programmes and national/global nutrition targets.
All country-level project activities are led, implemented and managed by a technical team in the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the country concerned, in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF country offices.