Children and their mothers suffer disproportionately from the poor health and nutrition situation in Ethiopia
Transform Nutrition in Ethiopia
Save the Children is responsible for communications and research uptake in Ethiopia. The International Food Policy Research Institute provides the research lead role. Co-joint research director of Transform Nutrition, John Hoddinott, is responsible for research in Ethiopia. John has extensive experience in evaluating food security programmes in Ethiopia.
Transform Nutrition in Ethiopia led a stakeholder mapping event in November 2011. Organised by Save the Children Ethiopia, the event was attended by representatives from government, multilateral agencies and NGOs. Together they identified the links between all the principal actors in Ethiopia. This has been updated for 2015. See the stakeholder mapping report (PDF).
Undernutrition in Ethiopia
Malnutrition is the underlying cause of over half (57%) of child deaths in the country, which has among the highest rates of stunting and underweight in the world. Over a quarter of women have a low body mass index, rising to almost a third of young women aged 15 to 19.
Contributing factors to undernutrition include widespread poverty, limited employment opportunities, poor infrastructure, high population pressure, low education levels, inadequate access to clean water and sanitation, high rates of migration and poor access to health services (Getahun 2001, Bhutta 2008).
Increased efforts are needed to improve the nutrition status of vulnerable groups such as mothers and children under two years old. Otherwise, Ethiopia risks falling short of reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving underweight and reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015.
Read the Ethiopia_situation_analysis (PDF) prepared for Transform Nutrition.