Our Services & Projects
- Provide guidance for policy formulation, strategies and guidelines
- Strengthen advocacy and multi-sectoral coordination at all levels
- Guide implementation of District Nutrition Action Plans (DNAP) through capacity building of health staff and development of infrastructure facilities.
- Responsible institution for nutrition related information systems such as National Nutrition Surveillance System (NNSS) and District Nutrition Monitoring System (DNMS)
- Monitor and evaluate nutrition related activities at national and district level
- Monitor and evaluate the Thriposha program
- Conduct orientation and master training program on nutrition aspects of Early childhood care and development for Public Health care workers and other relevant officers
- Provide nutrition commodities and equipment to health care facilities at MOH/ district level
- Strengthen district, divisional and village level multisectoral nutrition committees
- Conduct training program for other relevant sector officers involve in nutrition related activities at district level
- Provide financial facilities to conduct district level nutrition related activities
- Conduct advocacy program at central and provincial level for policy makers on nutrition
- Coordination and implementation of activities of National Nutrition Month
- Improve community participation in nutrition related activities
National Nutrition Policy, National Strategic Plan & District Nutrition Action Plan (DNAP)
Guidelines for the implementation of the districts nutrition action plan was developed by the nutrition coordination division. This document will guide the district health sector personal in developing the targeted nutritional interventions to overcome nutritional problems of their districts. According to the guidelines of the DNAP proposals on nutritional programs were submitted by all the Regional Directors of Health Services and were approved by the Ministry of Health. Funds for each district were released to all Provincial Directors of Health Services and the activities were implemented in each district.
National Nutrition Month
Nutrition coordination division is the focal point to conduct the national nutrition month activities. This is being held annually with the intention of uplifting the nutrition status of the Sri Lankan population.This year national nutrition month is planned to be conducted during the month of June (2018). Various programs and activities are planned to be implemented under the theme ”Right way to Reduce Belly”.Over the last few years we concerned about following areas,
2011 – “Nutrition for all, Play Your Role”
2012 – “Right Food at Right Time –Make my Baby Well and Wise”
2013 – “Healthy Nation through Proper Nutrition”
2014 – “Iron rich food for Health, Strength and Intelligence”
2015 – “Healthy Food for better Strength, Capacity and Productivity”
2016 – “Shape your meal to Shape your body”
2017 – “Taste without sugar”
Nutrition aspects of Early Childhood Development Program – Preschool Teacher Training Program
The objective of this program is to improve nutrition knowledge and skills of preschool teachers and officers of Early Childhood Care & Development in order to improve the nutrition and health status of the preschool children. We conduct orientation program and training of trainers for the relevant officers’ island wide.
National Nutrition Surveillance System (NNSS)
Objective of the national nutrition surveillance system is to collect data on nutritional problems and food security in the respective districts timely and take actions immediately. The pilot project of National nutrition surveillance was successfully completed in Nuwara Eliya district and it is planned to implement island wide.
District Nutrition Monitoring System (DNMS)
It’s a nutrition information system which is a smart mobile application. Registration of children under age 5 with malnutrition & follow them up regularly. These data are shared with relevant stakeholders for interventions. Implemented in Nuwaraeliya, Matale, Pollonnaruwa and Jaffna up to now.
Nutrition Awareness and Food Demonstration Program
Food demonstration program is one of the skill development program coming under the national nutrition program. Prevention and treatment of stunting and wasting remains a challenge. This program is conducted to provide knowledge and skills on nutrition to women by presenting new recipes using local products.
Coordinating the National Supplementary Feeding Program – Thriposha
Management of thriposha national supplementary feeding program was taken over by the Sri Lanka Thriposha Ltd, a fully government owned company under the ministry of Health.
Multi-sectoral Action Plan
Multisector Action Plan was prepared by National Nutrition Secretariat with the participation of 17 Ministries in the Nutrition council. In this endeavor Ministry of Health had to play a key role. Pilot program conducted in Nuwara Eliya & Moneragala by Nutrition Coordination Division with the UNICEF assistance were taken as a baseline/guide to prepare Multisector Action Plan.
Conducting research on nutrition
Impact study on Thriposha supplementation, Nutrition Education Program to combat childhood obesity etc.
Conduct out-reach nutrition programs
Outreach nutrition clinics were conducted in remote MOH areas all over the country.
Coordination and collaboration with other relevant ministries and agencies
Function as Ministry of health focal point for nutrition secretariat at President’s secretariat; Nutrition coordination division is the secretariat to the nutrition steering committee; Provide technical support to the ministries – Ministry of Agriculture , Ministry of Education, Ministry of Child development & Women’s Empowerment, Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Sports on nutrition related issues; Working with the UN agencies such as UNICEF, WHO, WFP, FAO, and other development partners; Nutrition Coordination Division conducts lectures in Undergraduate & Postgraduate Institutions.
Developing a New Supplementary food for MAM children under 5 years
The prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) in children 6-59 months in Sri Lanka was 19.6% in 2012, 2.3% of which were severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and the remaining 17.3% were moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Prevalence above 15% is considered a critical public nutrition situation (WHO 1995).
Hence, Ministry of Health proposed to develop a new product to treat MAM among under 5 children in line with the global norms and standards. Nutrition Coordination Division is coordinating this product development project with the support of WFP. several trials were carried out In ITI and Food Research Unit Gannoruwa.