Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA)

Myanmar is among the “24 high-burden countries” with the largest number of children under 5 years old who are moderately or severely stunted. The nationwide prevalence of stunting is 35.1% and wasting is 7.9% (2.1% severely acute malnourished) and 8.6% of newborns were low birth weight at national level. According to National Anemia Surveys conducted by the National Nutrition Centre (NNC) in 2003, the prevalence of anemia in both pregnant women and children also remains high - 75% of children 6-35 months and 71% of pregnant women were anemic.

What is the SUN? 

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement is a global movement led by countries. It is a renewed effort to eliminate all forms of malnutrition, based on the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition .The Movement is unique by bringing different groups of people together – governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, business and scientists – in a collective action to improve nutrition. Through working together, we are achieving what no one of us can do alone.

The SUN rises in Myanmar

In May, 2013, the Government of Myanmar signed up to the SUN Global Movement, clearly demonstrating high-level ownership and responsibility for delivering sustainable solutions for addressing the nutrition problems. Since then, a Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) has been established. SUN in Myanmar is the designated platform to:

  1. Support the implementation of the revised National Plan of Actions for Food and Nutrition (2011-2015); and 
  2. Advocate and support the integration of nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific activities in the various sectors development plans under the National Comprehensive Development Plan (2011-2030). 

SUN Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) in Myanmar

To support the SUN, Save the Children received pledged funding to support the formation of a functioning SUN cross-sectoral Civil Society Alliance (CSA). The goal of the CSA is to unite civil society organizations to ensure a voice is given to a range of small, independent, regional and national organizations, so that they may contribute to the national dialogue and achievement of Scaling Up Nutrition priorities. 

Key Achievements

YEAR ONE – 2014 – Focus: Establishment and Expansion of SUN CSA.

2014 – First Quarter 

  •  SUN CSA is established with an agreed Terms of Reference and becomes functional and links up with local, regional and global SUN CSN counterparts

2014 – Second Quarter

  • Regular monthly meetings and action points is applied as a dashboard for indicating progress, challenges and bottlenecks. 
  •  Consensus acquired on the approach and capacity assessment tool for expansion and strengthening of the SUN Civil Society Alliance.

2014 – Third Quarter:

  • SUN CSA organizes, supports and participates in Advocacy events for raising awareness and mobilizing the SUN approach for nutrition at the community, national, ASEAN and global levels. 

2014 – Fourth Quarter:

  • SUN CSA selects monitoring the marketing of breast milk substitutes code as a key activity and applies the tool for pilot testing in partnership with SAVE the Children’s Humanitarian section. 
  • SUN CSA facilitates and supports the country’s representation at the SUN Global Gathering; the Civil Society Organizations’ meeting for the Pre-International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2); and Civil Society participation in the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN 2) meeting. 

Year Two: 2015 - Implementation and Moving Forward 

Objectives:

  1. A strengthened and expanded SUN CSA contributes to the implementation of the National Programme of Action for Food and Nutrition (NPAFN 2011 -2015) through facilitating linkages between policy makers and communities.
  2. SUN CSA is further developed and activities scaled up based on lessons and experience.
  3. A system for evidence generation and knowledge management is established and contributes to SUN CSA’s decision-making and advocacy. 

Expected Outputs:

  • The strengthened and expanded SUN CSA is formally launched and operationalized.
  • SUN CSA brings communities’ nutrition priorities to the table to influence and align policies and plans to real needs.
  • Timely and reliable evidence is available for programme implementation and reporting and feedback to donors and the National Nutrition Council.

Members of SUN CSA include: 

  1. National Nutrition Committee, Department of Health
  2. Plan Myanmar
  3. MAGNA
  4. Food Security Working Group (FSWG)
  5. World Vision
  6. MEET
  7. CESVI
  8. Green Network (Magway)
  9. PACT Myanmar
  10. Helen Keller International
  11. Myanmar Women’s Cooperative Society.
  12. Myanmar Nurses and Midwife Association (MNMA)
  13. Save the Children
  14. Welt Hunger Hlife
  15. Action Contre La Faim (ACF)
  16. International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
  17. Better Life Organisation
  18. International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  19. PATH
  20. Terres des hommes