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A vision for the African Child

Every child deserves to begin his or her life with the best possible foundation. The Trust supports networks and activists who work to improve the foundation for Africa's children. We focus on combatting malnutrition, promoting global coverage of immunisation, and ending child marriage by supporting legal reform and promoting girls’ education. We also support the health and wellbeing of all women, ensuring that those who choose to have children have access to the best quality information and services for themselves and their children.


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The Trust undertook three separate country missions together with Mrs Machel to Malawi in March, Tanzania in April and Mozambique in June. These country visits serve to convene all stakeholders representatives, members of civil society (CSO) and women’s business associations to discuss pertinent issues including: child nutrition, advancing women in business, child rights and girl child advocacy. We have highlighted some of our nutrition CSOs partners as below.

@Mercia FDC Mozambique (June 2016)

@Tumaini Mikindo PANITA Tanzania (April 2016)

Mr. Tumaini Mikindo is the Executive Director Partnership for Nutrition in Tanzania (PANITA), which is a SUN CSA for Tanzania. PANITA is one of the largest CSA network with over 300 members across Tanzania. As an Executive Director he is responsible for the development and implementation of PANITA vision and objectives – articulated in the 2015 -2020 strategic plan. He also oversees the main functions of PANITA, namely Advocacy, Coordination and Capacity building for Members. As Executive Director, he has led PANITA during its transition phase into a fully autonomous Civil Society Alliance in Tanzania; being one of the first platforms to reach maturity under the SUN Global movement.


@Tisungeni Zimpita of CSONA Malawi (March 2016)

Ms. Tisungeni Zimpita is a National Coordinator for the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) movement Civil Society Organization Nutrition Alliance (CSONA) in Malawi. Tisungeni is also a nutrition media champion for RESULTS/ACTION partners in Malawi and has been an advocate for pushing the nutrition agenda in Malawi at a national level and on the Global level through the SUN movement. Tisungeni has led the nutrition champion building work around budget analysis involving Members of Parliament and Civil Society as key stakeholders in pushing for more nutrition investments in national budgets.



Click here to view or download the GLOBAL NUTRITION REPORT


Key African leaders including philanthropists and businesses have called for increased investment to eliminate malnutrition across Africa during the 
African Development Bank Annual Meetings 2016 taking place from May 23-27 in Lusaka, Zambia. #InvestInNutrition. The Trust’s Nutrition Programme
Manager participated in the Nutrition sessions represented the Trust’s and partners’ mandate for commitments to end malnutrition by 2030

Kindly see below link to a nutrition blog by Rachel Toku-Appiah, Nutrition Programme Manager of the Graça Machel Trust.
It was published on the Thomson Reuters website and syndicated to others during the Women Deliver Conference in Cophenhagen Denmark
From 16-19 May 2016. This is the world’s largest global conference on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women.
The campaign was done through Global Health Systems (GHS).
http://tmsnrt.rs/1W61c3T The First 1000 Days: delivering for mothers, children and societies


On 28 to 29 April, the Trust’s Communications team rendered an interactive workshop training to the nutrition networks,
government representatives, zonal coordinators in Tanzania together with the Partnership for Nutrition in Tanzania (PANITA).
The content of the training material was on developing succinct nutrition messages, identifying various stakeholders and identifying challenges
encountered in disseminating these messages.