Leaving No Woman and Child Behind: Inequalities in Nutrition Coverage and Status Among Women, Children and Adolescents in West Africa
Food and nutrition security, particularly for children, adolescent girls, and women of reproductive age remain a priority for all ECOWAS Member States as there has been limited progress in achieving global nutrition targets. To assist national and regional authorities in defining evidence-led policies and actions, Countdown to 2030 organized two workshops in ECOWAS to strengthen the capacity of Member States in advanced data analysis.
The workshop’s objectives were:
- to enhance evidence for nutrition-related issues for women, adolescents and children in West Africa
- to strengthen the capacity for analysis of nutrition data from publicly-available sources.
The end product of the two workshops is the Countdown to 2030 West African Initiative on Nutrition Technical Report. The report adopts the UNICEF data analysis framework which includes a set of indicators to assess nutritional status for children, adolescents, and adult women (e.g., anthropometry and anemia), and Infant and Young Child Feeding practices (e.g., early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, the introduction of complementary foods and continued breastfeeding). The technical report analyzes ECOWAS countries’ national strategies to identify gaps, progresses and recommendations.