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Erin Homiak, Concern’s Nutrition adviser in Mozambique writes about the interrelationship between the biological and social factors that shape adolescent nutrition.
To understand the extent to which adolescent health is being addressed in order to improve nutritional outcomes in Manica province, Mozambique and to highlight the global evidence-base and best practices in addressing adolescent nutrition to reduce stunting and improve the nutritional status of the overall population. This steering document uses the life cycle approach as its conceptual framework and looks at the interrelationship between biological and social factors that shape adolescent nutrition.
We analysed the extent to which adolescent nutrition is being addressed in Manica province using the indicators of Mozambique’s Multi-Sectorial Action Plan for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition (PAMRDC) (Republic of Mozambique, 2010), as a guiding framework. Our findings from the field indicate great opportunity to address adolescence nutrition and health.
We suggest ways in which the development community may address this gap in adolescent health through programmatic design and implementation, in order to improve nutrition outcomes through evidence-based interventions.
In order for Mozambique to reduce chronic undernutrition there needs to be a paradigm shift in the way populations are targeted, taking the life cycle approach into account bringing adolescents to the forefront.
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