Under five stunting (%) 26.7
Under five overweight (%) 0.8
Anaemia in women 15-49 years (%) 46.3
Under five wasting (%) 6.7
Low birth weight (%) 12.3
0 to 5-month-old exclusive breastfeeding (%) 51.2
Adolescent overweight (%) Male: 12.2 / Female: 9.3
Adult overweight (%) Male: 21.2 / Female: 27.8
Adult obesity (%) Male: 4 / Female: 7.3
Adult diabetes (%) Male: 6.9 / Female: 7.9
In March 2020, the Nutrition Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) of the Nutrition in Emergencies Working Group was endorsed as the nutrition COVID-19 response taskforce. The SAG developed a nutrition COVID-19 response plan which aims to ensure continuity of essential nutrition interventions.
Institutional transformations 2019-2020
Bringing people together into a shared space for actionFive government ministries, donors, United Nations agencies and civil society organisations work together to support the Multisectoral National Plan of Action on Nutrition (MS-NPAN) process.
The United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) chairs the SAG and collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Sports, joint UN partners and the partners from the multisectoral coordination platform (the MS-NPAN) including NGOs.
Development of the SUN Business Network is ongoing.
The National Nutrition Promotion Working Committee (NNPWC) was formed in October 2019 as a multisectoral group.
Ensuring a coherent policy and legal frameworkThe MS-NPAN inception phase took place in 2019–2020 and subnational plans for four states and one region were developed and costed.
The Myanmar Agriculture Development Strategy is being aligned with the MS-NPAN. Policies for social protection, rice fortification, social-behavioral change communication, marketing and promotion of breastmilk substitute products were developed and implemented. However, enforcement of some policies and legislations needs strengthening.
Aligning actions around common resultsThe Myanmar Nutrition Technical Network is part of the MS-NPAN structure.
State/region Nutrition Promotion Steering Committees were formed in prioritised states and regions to ensure effective nutrition coordination at subnational level. The monitoring and evaluation system for the MS-NPAN is being developed with consultation across sectors. Ministries have already begun tracking the progress of nutrition and food security interventions.
Financial tracking and resource mobilisationThe NNPWC, led by the government, initiated working with parliamentarians for resource mobilisation for nutrition.
The MSP determined that subnational plans need to be costed for more accurate figures and budget advocacy. Development of a nutrition budget brief is in the plan, in connection with the subnational costing exercise.
There is a funding gap for the SUN civil society alliance and for some major components of MS-NAPN subnational coordination.
- Subnational planning for MSNPAN in all states and regions.
- Resource mobilisation for the MS-NPAN.
- Implementation of the MS-NPAN at all levels.
- Track progress and achievements of MS-NPAN implementation.
- Strengthen nutrition governance and coordination at all levels.
- Nutritional and food security responses to COVID-19 and other emergencies.