HEALTH
Swaziland National Nutrition Council (SNNC)
April 29, 2016
BY MUSA DLAMINI
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The Swaziland National Nutrition Council (SNNC) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1945 and is mandated to promote food and nutrition activities and to advise the government accordingly.

SNNC seeks to improve the nutrition and health status of the nation for all vulnerable groups at all levels of society by providing effective, comprehensive, decentralized, coordinated, sustainable and enabling environment for the provision of food and nutrition services in Swaziland.

Vision

The vision for Swaziland National Nutrition Council is to achieve optimum nutrition, health status and food security of the Swazi nation by 2022.

Mission Statement

To improve the nutrition and health status of the nation for all vulnerable groups at all levels of society by providing effective, comprehensive, decentralized, coordinated, sustainable and enabling environment for the provision of food and nutrition services in Swaziland.

Objectives

  •  To ensure the development and implementation of policies and programs that will promote adequate nutrition, enhance food security, food quality and safety at individual, household, community and national level.
  • To incorporate nutrition issues into developmental programmes.
  • To guide decision making among policy makers on nutrition by providing guidance on strategic areas of focus.
  • To increase awareness among decision makers and for advocacy on nutrition issues
  • To provide a regulatory mechanism of framework and guidance to regulate the code of marketing of breast milk substitutes and its subsequent relevant WHA resolution and nutrition supplements.
  • Mainstreaming Nutrition into HIV/AIDS, TB and Disaster Management programmes and also to define the mechanisms for collaboration and co-operation among various actors concerned with food and nutrition programmes.

The Nutrition Programmes are:

  • Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices
  • Integrated Community based Growth Monitoring and promotion,

  • Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition in Children

  • Nutrition & HIV,

  • Prevention and Control of Micronutrients deficiencies and

  • Nutrition Surveillance


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