Kumbukani Chirwa is the Regional Nutrition Advisor for the MDG Centre, East and Southern Africa. His main responsibility is to support communities and countries accelerate progress towards achieving the nutrition related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and policy work for the MDG Centre.
Kumbukani brings on board his experience in prevention and management of malnutrition in children, adolescents and adults. He was one of the pioneers of the revised Integrated Nutrition and Food Security Surveillance System (INFSSS) in Malawi. He was also part of the team that institutionalized Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Malawi the developmental context. He was also part of the team that introduced and integrated the nutrition component in the Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) scale up plan, a programme called Nutrition Care Support and Treatment. He is a trainer for CMAM, Infant and Young Feeding, Nutrition Surveillance and Response, CMAM coverage survey, Essential Nutrition Action (ENA) and the recently launched Scale Up Nutrition-1000 special days. He has been part and parcel of many nutrition surveys, CMAM coverage surveys, nutrition baseline and evaluation surveys, vulnerability assessment surveys and operational research in Malawi.
Kumbukani has worked with Ministry of Health, as a Senior Nutritionist. Among other responsibilities, Kumbukani was responsible for assessing food and nutrition problems affecting mothers, children and other vulnerable groups in Malawi, designing, Initiating implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes meant to address the identified food and nutrition problems. He worked very much in collaboration with UNICEF, WFP, WHO, other government ministries and relevant stakeholders to ensure high quality programme implementation.
Kumbukani received Bachelor’s Degree in Education Science majoring in Home Economics (Human Nutrition) from the Chancellor College, constituent College of the University of Malawi. Thereafter was awarded a full United Nation University (UNU) scholarship to undertake a Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at University of Nairobi, Kenya.