EPHI Launched Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Information Platforms
The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) launched the multi-sectoral National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NiPN) on May 31, 2018.
NiPN aims to establish sustainable, comprehensive information system for nutrition in the country. With NiPN Ethiopia aims to strengthen capacities to analyze existing data on nutrition and also provide decision makers of nutrition policies and programs with improved evidence related to the drivers of malnutrition and how this can be addressed.
During the launching ceremony Deputy Director General of EPHI, Dr.Tsigerada Kifle on the opening speech indicated that NiPN will support the country to better utilize existing multi-sectoral data; build capacity for data management and analysis; and translate research findings into policy and programmatic recommendations.
In Ethiopia, NiPN is administratively housed in EPHI, but will work with all the National Nutrition Program (NNP) stakeholders. Through NiPN, EPHI will further build on the multi-sectoral character of the NNP, as the platform will reach out to all sectors including those who are currently less involved in nutrition research agenda. It will contribute to strengthen national capacity to manage and analyze information and data from all sectors that have an influence on nutrition and disseminate and use information to better inform strategic decisions.
The NiPN in Ethiopia the technical support will be provided by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), under its compact 2025 initiative. Compact 2015 was launched in November 2015 to accelerate progress to end hunger and under nutrition by 2025. It brings stakeholders together to set priorities, innovate and learn, fine-tune actions, build on successes and share lessons to accelerate progress.