Transform Nutrition West Africa is focusing on Nigeria and is developing a Stories of Change in Nutrition with Ibadan University. We will hold an initial stakeholder consultation in Abuja with Save the Children in 2018.

The challenge

Nigeria is home to more than half of the chronically undernourished Under 5 children in West Africa. An estimated 400,000 children in North-Eastern Nigeria will be suffering from severe acute malnutrition in 2018, putting them at imminent risk of death; a humanitarian crisis caused by drought and a nine-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram (UNICEF 2018).

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Nigeria Systematic Map to guide decision making

Nigeria Systematic Map to guide decision-making on the current landscape of research on World Health Assembly indicators in West Africa. The West Africa Region has been one of the slowest in reducing its many burdens of malnutrition. The World Health Assembly’s (WHA) 2025 nutrition targets were developed to track countries’ nutritional situations, and measure progress…

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Evaluation of research on World Health Assembly targets in West Africa – new slide decks

  The West Africa Region has been one of the slowest in reducing its many burdens of malnutrition. The World Health Assembly’s (WHA) 2025 nutrition targets were developed to track countries’ nutritional situations, and measure progress in reducing malnutrition. These indicators are therefore essential to guide decision making. Understanding the regional and in-country dynamics are…

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Assessment of Dietary Habits and Nutritional Status of Adolescents in a Resource – Poor Environment in Nigeria

Information is scarce about dietary habits and nutritional status in adolescents in Ekpoma, Nigeria. This is partly because of this age group’s reputation for capriciousness and also because health services/research in developing countries tend to focus more on pre-school children and pregnant women. This study aimed to optimize the health needs of Nigerian adolescents by determining the dietary habits and the nutritional status of adolescents using anthropometry. The cross-sectional descriptive study engaged 400 adolescents aged 10 – 19 years in four secondary schools in Ekpoma using a semi-structured questionnaire for data collection. Height (m2 ) and weight (kg) were measured and body mass index (BMI) was computed to assess underweight, normal weight, over-weight or obesity. SPSS was used to analyse data. Important factors affecting dietary habits include parental influence (87%), taste of food (71%), mass media reports (61%) and culture (55%). Percentages of underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese adolescents were 24%, 72%, 3% and 1%, respectively. There was significant association between BMI and monthly household income, p

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Global nutrition report – Nigeria profile

This 2017 Nigeria country profile from the Global Nutrition Report captures the status of Nigeria and the 80+ indicators include a wealth of information on child, adolescent and adult measurements and nutritional status, in addition to intervention coverage, food supply, economics, and demography. This tool is particularly useful for nutrition champions at the country-level, as it…