Key findings

The HANCI-Global 2017 compares rankings and results with the previous issue of the HANCI-Global index for 2014. Key findings concern:

Latin America leads

Guatemala leads the HANCI-Global 2017, leapfrogging Malawi and Peru. The top three is now entirely comprised of Latin American countries, with Brazil moving up to second rank overall.

Guatemala has strengthened its nutrition commitment sub-index performance. This was achieved by publishing a nationally representative survey on nutrition (in 2015) – filling a decade old lacuna; and by giving greater attention to nutrition in national multi-year development policy (Política General de Gobierno 2016 – 2020). Peru, despite dropping two ranks, performed strongly. Like Brazil, it strengthened efforts on six HANCI indicators.

Malawi, ranked 2nd in HANCI-Global 2014, has dropped to 7th. Its health spending and its coverage of children with Vitamin A supplementation declined strongly, while nutrition is given less emphasis in new national development policy (Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III). South Africa is now the leading African nation on the index (4th overall).

Fast ‘climbers and tumblers’

Pakistan (+21) and Tanzania (+10) both achieved notably stronger rankings on NCI, and improvements in HRCI rankings too. Pakistan’s rise is explained by significantly enhanced sanitation coverage, by introducing a nutrition specific budget and specific nutrition targets in policy. Tanzania has strengthened performance on eight indicators since HANCI 2014. China and Mauritania also climbed 9 ranks in the index.

Liberia (-12) dropped to the bottom of the table, where it is accompanied by war-torn Yemen and Guinea-Bissau. Liberia’s descend reflected a significant drop in health spending and reduced Vitamin A coverage rates. Its constitutional right to food weakened. In addition, nutrition policy lacked a stakeholder coordination mechanisms and up to date evidence from surveys representative at the national level. Benin and Viet Nam dropped 9 ranks on the index since HANCI 2014.

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