The power of nutrition champions in Sierra Leone

The power of nutrition champions in Sierra Leone

Ever wonder about what it actually means to be a nutrition champion? The UN Network Secretariat teamed up with the Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) to produce a podcast that explores the tactics that UNN-REACH Facilitator, Philip Kanu, has used to engage parliamentarians and to position nutrition as critical for the nation’s wellbeing and prosperity. He recounts how he spotted an opportunity and worked with others to transcend nutrition from a technical issue with a narrow following to a political priority for his country. Also interviewed, the UNICEF Country Representative, who is currently serving as the UN Network Chair, and a representative from Irish Aid shed further light on what makes Philip a nutrition champion and the need to couple soft skills with nutrition data. While the podcast highlights specific UNN-REACH experiences in Sierra Leone, many of the strategies that Philip employed are universal, making for broader learning across countries.