Child malnutrition has shown significant decline by a third since the mid-90s to the present time, but the levels of chronic malnutrition are still high with 36% of malnourished children found in Bangladesh. Stunting and micronutrient deficiencies such as anemia are also major malnutrition related health concerns for the adolescents. The prevalence of obesity is increasing in an alarming rate especially in the urban areas which increases the risk for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Realization of Bangladesh’s national development goals set in the Seventh Five Year Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda will be hampered in absence of rigorous actions.
To address malnutrition collectively in Bangladesh, Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC), Institute of Public Health & Nutrition (IPHN) and Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 4th of October 2018 at Institute of Public Health & Nutrition (IPHN), Mohakhali, Dhaka.
Dr. Md. Shah Nawaz, Director General of BNNC, Dr. Samir Kanti Sarkar, Director, IPHN & Line Director, NNS and Mr. Shahid Uddin Akbar, CEO, BIID signed the MoU representing their respected organizations.
BNNC, IPHN and BIID recognized the need of establishing partnership to ensure better coordination among the stakeholders based on each other’s comparative strengths and their common interests. Promoting innovation, fostering use of ICT, engaging youths and advocating on training, research and capacity building are the four major objectives of this MoU. Under this MoU BNNC, IPHN and BIID will work in collaboration to promote nutrition awareness among infants, children, adolescents, pregnant women, lactating women and general population in concern with an integrated approach. They will also use a common platform for promoting nutrition through conducting collaborative projects, training, knowledge sharing and research. It may be mentioned that BIID introduced Nutrition Club initiative in 2016 and hosted Nutrition Olympiad in 2017 & 2018 in partnership with INGENAES/USAID, FAO, GAIN, Suchana, Ministry of Agriculture, IPHN, Ministry of Food and others. BNNC and IPHN has agreed to partner with BIID in hosting International Nutrition Olympiad 2019.