This report documents key findings from a MQSUN assignment which aimed
to review and support the district gap analysis and planning process for
the First 1,000 Most Critical Days Programme in Zambia by strengthening
the approach and tools developed for the orientation, gap analysis, and
development of district plans; supporting the development of nutrition
district plans in a selected number of districts, and making
recommendations for the development of district plans in the remaining
Overall the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) gave the
impression of an organisation that is rapidly evolving and adapting to
its new role. The NFNC have been successful in co-ordinating the launch
of the 1000 MCDP in Zambia as demonstrated by the high levels of
participation, ownership and commitment seen in the districts visited.
Political interest in the programme was seen across the sectors in
Mumbwa and also at the provincial level in Mongu.
It is important that clear and timely lines of communication are
established with all stakeholders to help maintain the high levels of
participation and ownership – the goodwill currently seen across the
sectors is imperative to ensure a smooth delivery of the 1000 MCDP. The
NFNC will need to use a variety of ‘soft’ skills for effective
co-ordination in place of the more traditional top down approach of
The MGA exercise is well underway and a renewed focus should be given to
the analysis of both the quantitative and the qualitative information
gathered from it. The mapping aspect of the MGA needs to be developed
and the NFNC needs to decide the best way to proceed with this.
The orientation process introduced by the NFNC is positive and
appropriate but nevertheless some participants had no access to or had
not seen the 1000 MCD programme document. In Mumbwa a new Nutrition
Co-ordinating Committee (NCC) was set up with representatives from
Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock (MAL),
MCDMCH, the NGO Concern and the CSO SUN co-ordinator. In Mongu the NCC
has representatives from MoH, MCDMCH, MAL and Concern. These NCCs have
timelines for delivery of their multi-sectoral district nutrition plans.
Golden, K. Assignment Report: Technical Assistance to Support Pre-Inception Activities of the First 1000 Most Critical Days Programme: Provincial and district orientations, Mapping & Gap Analysis, District Nutrition Multi-Sector Planning. PATH, Washington DC, USA (2013) 17 pp.
Assignment Report: Technical Assistance to Support Pre-Inception Activities of the First 1000 Most Critical Days Programme: Provincial and district orientations, Mapping & Gap Analysis, District Nutrition Multi-Sector Planning