Dakar, Senegal is the regional base for Transform Nutrition West Africa. This enables us to proactively engage with regional organisations and develop partnerships with regional personnel and networks.

The challenge

Although stable and democratic, Senegal is one of the world’s least developed countries. The economy relies heavily on cash crops and fishing, both of which are vulnerable to climate change. 54 percent of women of reproductive age and 66 percent of children under 5 years are suffering from anemia in Senegal, which impairs growth and development in young children.While national rates for stunting, wasting, and underweight decreased between 2010 and 2016, regional variations in stunting mirror those of food insecurity. At 20 percent, the rural stunting prevalence is almost double the 12 percent urban prevalence

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by Roos Verstraeten (TNWA/IFPRI), Rebecca Heidkamp (DataDENT) and Barbara Baille (UNICEF) The Together for Nutrition: West African Data Forum was convened in Saly, Senegal in February 2020 by a group of regional and global partners. The group was led by Transform Nutrition West Africa, an initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and…

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Analysis of nutrition research networks in West Africa: Application of social network analysis to co-authorship data to understand and enhance collaboration Description: The World Health Assembly (WHA) targets are instrumental for identifying primary knowledge gaps and priority areas for action and decision-making. Across West Africa, prevalence of these six WHA indicators for maternal infant and…

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by Namukolo Covic, October 2019 The Transform Nutrition West Africa project teamed up with the African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP) to facilitate the capacity strengthening course  “Leading Change in Nutrition”. Twenty participants from 8 countries (Benin, Mali, Togo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Nigeria and Burkina Faso) participated in the 5-day short course in Saly, Senegal and…

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Download the call to action download the meeting report The Together for Nutrition: West African Data Forum was convened in Saly, Senegal in February 2020 by a group of regional and global partners. The group comprises Transform Nutrition West Africa, an initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), UNICEF, DataDENT, Countdown to 2030,…

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Country Briefs

This data profile from Transform Nutrition West Africa on Senegal aims to: Summarize all available primary data sources and secondary data aggregation platforms for key nutrition indicators representative at the national level. Assess the identified data sources for each indicator across four dimensions (i) validity and comparability, (ii) timeliness, (iii) accessibility, and (iv) representativeness. Identify…

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It goes way beyond the mere dissemination of research results. It involves a network of participants and beneficiaries. Countdown to 2030 (CD2030) seeks to continue the best practices initiated under Countdown to 2015. As the accountability field for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health has grown and strengthened, CD2030 continues to contribute innovative measurement research and…

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Senegal 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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  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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Country Briefs

This Senegal country brief from the first round of Stories of Change studies in 2015-16 summarises a research study which tells a story to explain the interrelated factors that contributed to Senegal’s reduction in undernutrition. The hope is that these findings will help to contribute to wider impacts in terms of political commitment and policy coherence for nutrition. The…