Kingdom of Lesotho becomes 54th country to join Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

On 2 July 2014, the Kingdom of Lesotho became the 54th country to join the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. On behalf of the government, a letter of commitment was sent by Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, MP, Prime Minister of Lesotho. The letter highlighted that malnutrition was one of the most serious, long term problems faced by Lesotho today. It included details regarding the nutrition situation in the country and its consequences on the population. Lesotho also identified over-nutrition associated with non-communicable diseases as another understated nutrition challenge.
Lesotho already addresses nutrition issues by working across multiple sectors and aims to strengthen current structures to address the present day challenges. The national structure includes:
  • A Food and Nutrition Coordinating Office which coordinates nutrition programmes
  • The Ministry of Health leads on preventative nutrition strategies
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security focuses on preventative nutrition activities at community level
  • The Ministry of Education is responsible for comprehensive development of children under 5 years
  • The leadership of Lesotho is demonstrating its commitment to scaling up nutrition as part of its efforts to achieve national and global development goals.

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