Integrating Essential Nutrition Actions in Universal Health Coverage
Organizers: SUN Movement Secretariat with support from WHO and UN-Nutrition in co-sponsorship with Japan and Bangladesh.
Date: Monday, 18 September 17:00-18:30 EDT, Hybrid event
In-Person Venue: Meeting room FF1507A, UNDP Headquarters, 304 East 45th Street, New York 10017. For in-person attendance please email [email protected]
Virtual Registration: for virtual attendance please register here https://undp.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RoQYqm_xQsCH8e94BY7PgQ#/registration
No country is immune to the burden of different forms of malnutrition (wasting, stunting, underweight, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight, obesity, and resulting diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)) which compromise the health and wellbeing of people everywhere. Despite continuous improvements in health outcomes and economic development, rates of malnutrition remain unacceptably high and progress towards reducing its burden is too slow. Good nutrition protects from illness, shortens the recovery time and reduces the risk of death. It is fundamental for achieving the right to food and the right to health.
Mainstreaming and scaling up nutrition services within health systems would save lives, reduce healthcare spending, and accelerate progress towards the SDG agenda, especially SDG2 and SDG3. Essential nutrition actions are crucial at all levels of health service delivery.
During the UN General Assembly’s 78th session, a high-level meeting (HLM) on UHC is convened to deliver a concise, action-oriented declaration to accelerate progress towards the achievement of universal health coverage by 2030. Bringing together political leaders and health supporters and activists, the HLM on UHC creates an excellent opportunity to ensure a commitment to nutrition in health policy, financing and monitoring as part of the discussion on UHC.
In support of the HLM on UHC, the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, with support from the World Health Organization, UN-Nutrition and co-sponsored Bangladesh and Japan are hosting a special side-event in the margins of the UNGA exploring the urgent need, and opportunities for integrating essential nutrition actions into UHC.
• Encourage governments and partners to fully integrate nutrition interventions into national health systems, as an important component for achieving quality universal health coverage;
• Encourage country policy and financial commitments to integrate nutrition interventions into national health systems; and
• Encourage countries to implement concrete measures to integrate nutrition into health systems through the showcasing of concrete examples in champion countries.