Multi-stakeholder nutrition mapping successfully completed in Haiti engaging two key sectors

Multi-stakeholder nutrition mapping successfully completed in Haiti engaging two key sectors

Launched in October 2017, the mapping exercise has yielded useful insights about the nutrition situation in Haiti, eight years after its major earthquake and following Hurricane Matthew and other tropical storms, which further distressed large numbers of Haitians. The mapping was conducted with the Nutrition Stakeholder and Action Mapping Tool, developed by REACH, and was led by the Director of Nutrition in the Ministry of Health, who also serves as the SUN Focal point. The National Coordination Unit for Food Security (CNSA) and a national mapping consultant supported the completion of the exercise, which mainly focused on nutrition actions carried out by two key sectors: Food Security and Health. The country opted for this approach so that it could become acquainted with the tool before rolling it out to other sectors (e.g. social protection, gender, WASH) in a step-wise fashion. This would enable further adaptation of the tool and the supporting processes to the realities on the ground.

Technical focal points in the government from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and CNSA were trained by a mapping expert from the UN Network Secretariat. This not only empowered them to take ownership of the exercise but it also helped to institutionalise the mapping within government institutions. In addition, representatives from the UN Network and civil society participated in the training in an effort to foster wide-reaching engagement and leverage their ability to strengthen local capacity.

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On 26 April 2018, the preliminary results were presented to and validated by multiple stakeholders. The validation workshop also provided a forum for participants to reflect upon the lessons learned and recommended next steps. In addition to government officials, the workshop was attended by UN colleagues from five UN agencies (e.g. FAO, OCHA, UNICEF, WFP and WHO), multiple NGOs such as AVSI, World Vision, Fonkoze, and members of the donor community (European Union and USAID). The results were well-received and sparked interesting discussions about how the mapping data can inform nutrition advocacy and strategic planning as well as reflection about data gaps. Stakeholders acknowledged the complexity of gathering data in the Haitian context due to the considerably high number of development partners present. The findings also illustrated how the response to Hurricane Matthew shaped the geographic and type of nutrition actions being implemented, and thus the need to better link emergency response to long-term development. For instance, it highlighted that few actions were undertaken in Centre region in spite of exhibiting the highest stunting prevalence and chronic food insecurity. The mapping results are since being used to inform the development of Food Security and Nutrition Action Plans and advocacy activities.