The overall objective of the NNSS is to provide timely and accurate nutrition information relevant for informing policies and programmes that lead to improved food and nutrition situation among the majority of the Zambian population.

The 2009 National Nutrition Surveillance System (NNSS) is part of the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) nutrition surveillance that were initiated in 2007 and mainly focus on the nutritional status of children and women in Zambia. It was designed to collect nutrition indicators and relevant nutrition programmatic information that is needed by policy makers, planners and program officers to make informed decision on effective and efficient interventions aimed at improving the nutritional status of the Zambian population.

The findings also provide a comprehensive overview of the overarching nutrition situation of children and women in Zambia, down to the district. It highlighted areas of progress as well as challenges that need to be overcome in order to attain an acceptable level of nutrition status for the population, especially vulnerable groups such as women and children. It also further highlights the need for continued support and strengthening of food nutrition programmes by the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and its cooperating partners.

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