Nutrition

The nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) approach aims to improve the nutritional status of individuals and populations by integrating nutrition into policies, programs, and the health service delivery infrastructure.  Improvement methods can help to strengthen the linkage between communities and points of care for nutritional services to improve the coverage, compliance, referral, and follow-up of people of all ages with special nutritional needs, including pregnant and lactating women, young children, and persons living with HIV or tuberculosis.

Nutrition MUAC

Integrating nutrition support into existing health services can be challenging. Health care providers may lack the technical knowledge and skills to deliver the correct care; high staff turnover make one-off training in nutrition assessment and follow-up unsustainable; low staff numbers make it hard for clinics to handle the increased workload required to integrate a new service into their already busy clinics; and supply chain issues mean that supplies of specialized food products are not always available at clinics. These challenges can be addressed by improvement interventions to build technical skills, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery, and strengthen data systems at all levels.

It Takes a Village: Improving Nutrition through Community Health Workers

ICHC Blog Series

This post is part of the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference blog series.

By: Dr. Sascha Lamstein, JSI Technical Advisor

Meeting the nutritional needs of men, women, boys, and girls in families affected by HIV

Megan Ivankovich

Senior Program Officer, WI-HER, LLC

Right now, millions of families around the globe are affected by HIV. This means they may be dealing with concurrent struggles related to health, nutrition, and food security, among others. We know that sticking to a healthy diet can strengthen the immune system, improve the effectiveness of ARV drugs, and sustain productivity. Yet many people living with HIV (PLHIV) often face challenges related to food access, availability, and utilization, which can further threaten their health.

Everyday KM

Lani Marquez

Knowledge Management Director, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

How can knowledge management (KM) improve food and nutrition programming?  Alyssa Lowe of CARE and I posed that question last week at the Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network  “Knowledge Sharing” Meeting held July 10-11 in Washington, DC, sponsored by the USAID Food for Peace Office’s  Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Project.

Using team work to improve nutrition services

Linley Elsie Hauya

Nutrition Advisor, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Most health facilities in Malawi are always crowded with patients to receive medical treatment and the health service providers are overloaded with work.  The Nutrition Assessment, Counseling and Support (NACS) program never received any attention in recent years because there were no resources to run the program and no therapeutic supplies to treat the malnourished HIV positive patients. Quality improvement work is the flag ship that has brought NACS to stakeholder’s attention at national level such that it has begun to receive support.