Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS SUNN)
The Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) is a non-governmental, non-profit making coalition, made up of organizations with a shared vision to transform Nigeria into a country where every citizen has food and is nutrition secured. They pursue this lofty goal by engaging government and non-state actors to raise awareness, sustain commitment and actions to effectively tackle under-nutrition in Nigeria. The coalition was formally launched on the 7th of August, 2014.
They have a common vision with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, clear accountability and sustainability framework. The guiding principles of the alliance include; Evidence based decision making, Gender mainstreaming, Equity, Feed- back, Diversity, Value for money Transparency and Integrity.
The coalition draws from the wealth of experience of its Steering Committee members headed by Dr. David Olayemi of Save the Children an expert in nutrition advocacy as Chairman, Beatrice Eluaka, a former Nutrition Society of Nigeria president and Head of Nutrition in the Federal Ministry of Health who heads the Secretariat as project Director, etc. and the General Assembly which is made up of organisations and individuals who have carved a niche for themselves in the field of public health nutrition and food security.
A country where every citizen is food and nutrition secured.
To mobilize Non State Actors to advocate, generate evidence, build capacity and stimulate communities to scale up nutrition in Nigeria.
To advocate for effective coordination of all nutrition stakeholders and programmes in Nigeria
To create a platform through which Civil Society Organizations can effectively advocate for improved nutrition in Nigeria
To advocate and engage government to create nutrition budget lines in some key Federal and state Ministries in Nigeria as well as include CSOs in nutrition interventions as appropriate
To encourage and strongly advocate for the establishment of an effective and functional nutrition surveillance monitoring and evaluation systems
To build the capacity of CS-SUNN members to effectively engage in the pursuit of improved nutrition in Nigeria.