Partnership for nutrition in Tanzania (PANITA) is a coalition with over 300 CSOs both International and Local across the country dedicated to building the political and public will and support as well as intervene to end malnutrition in Tanzania. These CSOs cover nutrition line sectors including; Agriculture, Education, Health, Community Development, WASH, Livestock and fisheries.
PANITA was established in 2010 through technical and financial support from Save the Children International (SCI), UNICEF and Irish Aid, and it was registered as an independent Civil Society Network in April, 2013. PANITA as a platform for CSOs is working to provide technical support, sharing of information, learning space and synergy on nutrition advocacy both at national and local level.
PANITA & SCALING UP NUTRITION (SUN)
PANITA is the official Civil Society Alliance for moving forward Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) in Tanzania. Other networks include: Business alliances, the Donor network, UN Agencies Network and the Government.
Tanzania joined SUN as early riser in 2010, with coordination of the activities in Tanzania being spearheaded by Prime Minister’s office, under the SUN Focal Person who is the Director of the Government Business Coordination.
PANITA has a seat in the High-Level Nutrition Steering Committee which is formally in charge of SUN Movement in Tanzania, and PANITA members joins district nutrition steering committees in their respective councils.
A Tanzania society in which the citizens, particularly children, women of bearing age and other vulnerable group are free from Malnutrition.
The mission of the Partnership for nutrition in Tanzania is to advance advocacy efforts, improve coordination and reduce malnutrition by strengthening the capacity and increased mobilization and coordination of the CSOs, the media and other development partners to facilitate a more effective national and local response to addressing malnutrition.
All Tanzanians attain adequate nutrition status.
PANITA is guided by these principles: Transparency, Accountability, Professionalism, Volunteerism, Integrity, Quality, Sustainability and Quality and Standard.
What we do
PANITA as a SUN implementer in Tanzania is working very close with Government at all levels and members all over the country, in areas of Capacity building on advocacy and raising awareness on Nutrition.
PANITA advocate for better nutrition through convincing the Government to allocate more funds in Nutrition activities, improving working conditions of district nutrition focal person as well as building their capacities to supervise Nutrition interventions at the district levels. Particularly, PANITA as a CSO coalition is striving at helping improve the nutrition situation in Tanzania through;
- Advocating for implementation of the National Nutrition Strategy at the national, regional and district level.
- Capacity building on nutrition to members and key stakeholders.
- Media engagement
- Engagement with Member of parliament Group on Nutrition Food Security and Child rights.
- Member’s involvement in District nutrition steering committee.
- Working with CSOs to improve Nutrition awareness in the community