Year of activation: 2019
NCC: UNICEF P3 FT
IMO:UNICEF NOA FT (double-hatting)
Other: UNICEF NOB and NOC Nutrition Officers
UNICEF lead; and 4 sub-national cluster platforms are led by UNICEF as cluster lead agency in the states of – Rakhine, Shan, Kachin and South East.
January to December 2022
-There is a chronic lack of updated and representative nutrition focused assessment results in Myanmar. This makes it difficult to assess the extend of malnutrition in the country, makes it difficult to advocate for funding/ gauge any progress being made from the partners' response efforts and calculation of people in need for the 2023 HRP.
The conflict in Myanmar is increasing and causing a lot of displacements past the one million mark more than 60 percent of whom are in the Northwest. Additionally, the continued conflict has affected accessing the hard to reach and underserved communities and this worsened by denial of travel authorization by the authorities in the country/ increasing movement restrictions.
Funding for the HRP in Myanmar is sub-optimal and to date, just about 7 percent of the required 2022 RP needs have been funded. This invariably affects the extend the needs of children and women can be met. to date, the only 12 percent of the target has been reached in the country.
There remains a risk of pipeline breakdown in Myanmar as the tax exemption certificate issuing is increasingly becoming very difficult. For instance it took close to 10 months for clearance of ready to use therapeutic foods (RUTF) thus threatening pipeline breakage. Even if the supplies were released, no TEC was issued and therefore the risk remains to timely supplies delivery.
- Limited resources and capacities of partners for nutrition in emergency response require competency based training, coaching and mentoring
|Country Advocacy Strategy developed||No|
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|Advocacy activities included in annual work plan||No|
|Specific WG leading advocacy work established||No|
|Contingency plan or ERP plan developed/updated||Yes|
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|Intersectoral Collaboration (ISC)|
|Intersectoral projects currently under implementation||Yes|
|The Nutrition Cluster closely collaborated with the other clusters within the inter-cluster coordination group through holding regular meetings, update on the humanitarian situation and advocated for the needs in Myanmar either jointly or individually. The dearth of current and representative assessment results in Myanmar also enabled the Nutrition Cluster to collaborate within the ICCG to undertake the Multi-Sector Needs Analysis (MSNA) in order to accurately assess the needs of the humanitarian situation in the country.
Apart from this collaboration, the Nutrition cluster led in the establishment of a unique strategic advisory group plus (SAG+) which brings together all the humanitarian nutrition actors and actors in the development sector including SUN movement players. This has been done to strengthen the humanitarian development nexus and subsequent engagements will ensure the nexus is strengthened.
Accountability to Affected Populations is also an area where the nutrition cluster is working across sectors to ensure cross-sectoral response and meeting the multiple needs of vulnerable communities.
Finally, response to internally displaced persons in the South east Region has also been a platform where the cluster support a multi-faceted response approach to IDPs and therefore contributing to their wholesome needs being met.