Plan Stratégique National de Nutrition 2013 - 2018

General information

The Haitian government’s plan aims to improve the nutritional status and health of the population, particularly of vulnerable groups: pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 5 years of age. It also seeks to strengthen strategies to fight the scourge of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency. It has the following strategic areas:

  1. Prevention of malnutrition.
  2. Addressing nutritional diseases.
  3. Nutritional protection in case of emergency.
  4. Improving information systems in nutritional matters.
  5. Intra- and inter-ministerial coordination and inter sectoral.
  6. Research and training in nutrition.
Country Haiti
Type Plan
Classification Health and nutrition
Date 2013 - 2018
Responsible institution

Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP)


Strategic priorities and objectives

  • Prevention of malnutrition
    1. Promoting appropriate feeding during the life cycle.
    2. Improve feeding practices of infants and toddlers.
    3. Strengthen the fight against micronutrient deficiencies.
    4. Strengthen monitoring of growth.
    5. Prevent chronic diseases linked to food in order to promote a healthy lifestyle.
    6. Prevent diseases of nutritional interest by promoting a healthy environment.
  • Addressing nutritional diseases
    1. Ensure that cases of acute malnutrition are addressed.
    2. Implement nutritional support adapted to acute malnutrition in community and institutional settings.
    3. Strengthen the promotion of knowledge and practice of the principles of optimal feeding of infants and toddlers born to mothers who tested positive for the HIV test.
    4. Launch responsibility measures for food and nutrition adapted to a hospital environment.
  • Nutritional protection in case of emergency
    1. Work to establish an operational strategy in emergency nutrition in order to focus and protect pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding and for children less than 5 years of age.
    2. Strengthen inter and intra sectorial coordination in order to implement the strategy for nutrition in case of emergency.
    3. Preventing morbidity and mortality of vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 5 years of age, prioritizing a healthy environment and access to basic needs regarding food and health.
  • Improving information systems in nutritional matters
    1. Implement a system of collection, analysis and dissemination of data on nutrition.
    2. Strengthen the capacities of monitoring and assessment of nutrition.
    3. Strengthen the framework for analysis and dissemination of information.
  • Intra- and inter-ministerial and inter-sectoral coordination: Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health at all levels (central, provincial, municipal) in coordinating strategies and activities focused on engaging and activities related to the development of the country and which can influence the nutritional status of the population.
  • Research and training in nutrition
    1. Promoting vocational training in nutrition.
    2. Strengthen the capacities of human resources in nutrition at both central and departmental and community levels.
    3. Conduct studies / benchmark surveys regarding food and nutrition.
    4. Develop research for food and nutrition.
    5. Strengthen control-quality and safety-quality in nutritional products.
Target population

The general population, particularly vulnerable groups: pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 5 years of age.