Scaling Up Nutrition, or SUN, is a global Movement committed to scaling up nutrition, with a focus on reducing hunger and under-nutrition in children and other vulnerable groups. SUN is founded on the principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. It unites people from governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers in a collective effort to improve nutrition.
Lao PDR joined the SUN movement in 2011 and has committed to collaborative action that will accelerate progress in food and nutrition security led by the Ministry of Health.
- Nutrition situation in Lao PDR
Malnutrition costs Lao PDR a 2.4% loss in GDP annually and contributes to labour shortages, lost productivity, higher health care costs and child deaths. Nearly half of Lao children (44%) are stunted and almost one-third (27%) are underweight. Chronic malnutrition is most common in the first two years of life. Currently, Lao children are among the most undernourished in Southeast Asia. (Source: MOH, WHO 2012)
In response, the National Nutrition Committee is coordinating nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive actions by fostering a convergent response among health, education, agriculture and in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions.