THESO seeks new ways of working with government and other partners to accelerate improvements in nutrition by decreasing the prevalence of maternal and child under-nutrition – particularly chronic and acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in children under five and malnutrition in women of reproductive age (ages 15-49). THESO will prioritize the prevention of malnutrition given the irreversible consequences of chronic under-nutrition early in life. THESO continues to be at the forefront of the humanitarian community’s effort in South Sudan to reduce and treat acute malnutrition during emergencies, while retaining a strong focus on prevention of under-nutrition in women and children living in food insecure South Sudan.
Given expected demographic, environmental, and epidemiological trends over the course of the Strategy (e.g., climate change, conflict, urbanization, non-communicable diseases, technological advancements), the organisation will ensure the Nutrition Strategy has the flexibility to evolve as new evidence becomes available. This will include a robust learning agenda that supports expanding research to address critical knowledge gaps; monitoring and rigorous evaluation to inform program implementation; and timely dissemination and application of lessons learned.
Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a commitment across THESO’s nutrition programmes. Recognising that traditional gender roles, norms, and social structures impact both women and men (and boys and girls), the Strategy will promote gender equality in working with women, men, youth, families, communities and governments to enable sustained change in nutrition behaviours and overall development outcomes.
This framework has guided the development of the Results Framework and should serve as a tool for coordinated, multidisciplinary programming that is expected over the course of the Strategy.