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.

NACS: A User Guide

The NACS User’s Guide is a series of modules, developed by the USAID-funded Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project (FANTA) , that provide program managers and implementers with a package of essential information and resources on...

USAID ASSIST Project Semi-Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY18

University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners have completed 5.5 years of implementation of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project. This report is the eleventh Semi-Annual Performance Monitoring...

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY17

University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners have completed the fifth year of implementation of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project. This report is the tenth Semi-Annual Performance...

SUSTAIN's Nutrition Services Change Package

Since 2010, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been working with Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to improve HIV and AIDS service delivery at select health facilities through the Strengthening Uganda’s...

SUSTAIN's Adolescent Friendly Health Services Change Package

Since 2010, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been working with Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to improve HIV and AIDS service delivery at select health facilities through the Strengthening Uganda’s...

Tested Changes to Improve Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support in HIV Care in Zambia

From 2014-2017, the USAID ASSIST Project collaborated with FANTA III and LIFT II to support the Government of Zambia to pilot nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) as part of HIV care in Kitwe and Mkushi districts,...

Addressing the Therapeutic Feeding Gap for PLHIV with Nutrition and Self-Management Support: A Case of Aboke Health Center IV

Poor nutrition remains a key challenge for people living with HIV (PLHIV), especially those on antiretroviral therapy (ART). This case study highlights how health workers at Aboke Health Center IV, a site that has not received ready-to-use...

La prise en charge de l’anémie chez les femmes enceintes, allaitantes et les enfants de moins de 5 ans (in French)

Selon l’Enquête Démographique et de Santé EDSM- V, la région de Sikasso affiche une situation nutritionnelle préoccupante avec des taux de malnutrition aigüe globale souvent dépassant le seuil d’alerte. Toutes choses qui ont causé un taux...

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