According to the report, unaddressed child malnutrition is “a direct threat to economic gains being made on the continent and has the potential to compromise the development and productivity of Africa’s future generations.” In response, the ALN created the Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard as a data driven advocacy tool to help highlight individual country as well as continental progress towards achieving continental and global nutrition targets.
The Scorecard was created in collaboration with the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a resource that African leaders can use to compare the state of nutrition between countries. It is designed to be continuously updated with new data and inputs, making it an important source of aggregated information for monitoring and evaluating Africa’s efforts to combat malnutrition and its effects.
A number indicators are used to provide a snapshot of Africa’s nutrition status, including the stunting of children under 5 years old, the prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age (15-49 years of age), and exclusive breast feeding among infants. These and other indicators are closely aligned with global development efforts, including the SDGs, the World Health Assembly targets, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (Malabo Declaration), and the African Regional Nutrition Strategy.