PANITA – Partnership for Nutrition in Tanzania - is a coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) across the country dedicated to building the political and public-will, commitment and support to end malnutrition in Tanzania. Besides, PANITA members are engaging both specific and sensitive nutrition interventions at their localities.
It was established in 2010 through technical and financial support from Save the Children International (SCI), UNICEF and Irish Aid. 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 levels. The members have become a positive catalyst in enhancing Nutrition Sensitive and Specific activities within their localities; Sensitive sectors include but not limited to: Agriculture, Education, Health, Community Development, Gender, WASH, Livestock and Fisheries etc.
PANITA operates in all regions in Tanzania through 346 members; activities are coordinated in the 10 geographical Zones; this has made it to have wider coverage across the country, where most of our members work at the community level and contributing greatly in residing nutrition awareness at the community level, particularly in rural areas.
The Vision of PANITA is "A Tanzania that is free from malnutrition".
The mission of the Partnership 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.
In pursuing the objectives of the network PANITA is accountable to the following core values:-
- Quality & Standards
PANITA & SCALING UP NUTRITION (SUN)
Tanzania joined SUN as an early riser in 2011, with coordination of the activities being spearheaded by the Prime Minister’s office, under the SUN Focal Person who is the Director of the Government Business Coordination.
PANITA is the official Civil Society Alliance for moving forward Scaling Up Nutrition in Tanzania. Other networks include Business Network, Donor Network, UN Agencies Network, and the Government. PANITA has a seat in the High-Level Nutrition Steering Committee which is formally in charge of the SUN Movement in Tanzania, and PANITA members join Regional and Council Multi-sectoral Steering Committees on Nutrition in their respective Regions and councils.
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