Launch of the NIPN in Ethiopia
On May 31th, 2018, Ato Birara, the head of the Nutrition Case Team and representative of the State Minister of Health, officially launched the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN) in Ethiopia. By establishing the NIPN, Ethiopia has expressed again its commitment to accelerate progress toward ending malnutrition.
NIPN fits well with the objectives of the National Nutrition Plan (NNP), one of whose pillars is evidence-based decision making. This was acknowledged by Erik Habers, Head of Cooperation of the European Union in Ethiopia – which together with the UK Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports the NIPN initiative.
Dr. Tsigereda Kifle, Deputy Director of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), indicated that EPHI, as the host of the NIPN, will work with all sectors supporting the NNP and with IFPRI – that will provide technical assistance to NIPN under the Compact2025 umbrella. Around 75 key stakeholders from those various and partners sectors attended the NIPN launch event.