Zambia CSO-SUN Alliance is a movement of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working to raise the profile of nutrition on the national development agenda. We are a part of the Global Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) movement founded on the principle that all people have the right to food and good nutrition. As an Alliance, we focus our attention on the first 1000 most critical days, a window of opportunity from pregnancy until a child's second birthday. During this period, good nutrition has the greatest impact on preventing maternal and infant mortality, and developing a child's cognitive and physical capacity.
The problem of Malnutrition
In Zambia, malnutrition, and more especially undernutrition, is a serious public health concern. Household food insecurity, micro-nutrient deficiencies and infants born with low birth weight are major nutrition problems in the country. Coupled with this is the recent in overnutrition measured by increasing rates of obesity and overweight
Our role as a civil society is to raise awareness, and pressurise government and others to ensure much better funded and broad scale effective programmes to tackle under nutrition. We intend to achieve this by mobilizing, coordinating and building the capacity of Civil Societies to influence national efforts through constructive dialogue, advocacy with stakeholders, including the Government, donors and private sector, thereby contributing to improved leadership and accountability towards the national SUN/ 1000 days movement. Furthermore, we enable Zambian CSOs to adapt and incorporate relevant positive lessons learnt from other countries.
Our vision is to achieve a Zambia where every mother and child is assured of sufficient Nutrition.