Malnutrition in Zambia. ‘Quick wins’ for government in 12-18 months

Malnutrition in Zambia. ‘Quick wins’ for government in 12-18 months


Malnutrition in Zambia stands at embarrassingly high levels for a middle-income country, and the persistent rates are undermining social development and national economic growth.

This briefing outlines five major problems which are blocking reductions in child malnutrition. It also provides recommendations to government on how to resolve these.

Problems outlined include: malnutrition being invisible to policymakers; ministries being under resourced to tackle undernutrition; households struggling to find and afford foods that provide diverse diets for their children, RUTF not often available outside of Lusaka; nutrition not being recognized as a profession in Zambia and capacity at local levels is lacking.