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.

National Quality Service Guidelines for Improving Vulnerable Children Programs in Haiti

Before the Haiti drafted the National Service Guidelines, children’s service providers were working with some protocols, though they were oftentimes just doing what they thought they should do, without specific national guidance. The draft...

A community-led approach to improve early childhood development (ECD) and nutrition in Blantyre District, Malawi using quality improvement methods

With support from the United States Agency for International Development, a community in the Blantyre District of Malawi managed to increase the number of children aged 3-6 years old attending community based childcare centers (CBCCs) from...

Meeting the Different Needs of Boys and Girls in Services for Vulnerable Children

This technical brief describes the different needs of boys and girls requiring Vulnerable Children services. It describes key gender issues five priority service areas: access to education, health and nutrition, psychosocial support,...

Spread collaborative: Expansion of breastfeeding in Kostroma, Tambov, Ivanovo, Tula and Tver regions of the Russian Federation

Date improvement activities began: October, 2010 Date of end of collaborative: November, 2011 Aims/objectives: To expand the practice of breastfeeding in Russian regions Implementation package/interventions: The WHO/UNICEF Ten Steps to...

Integrating Nutrition Interventions into Routine HIV/AIDS Care: Challenges, Solutions, and Lessons Learned from Uganda

The NuLife—Food and Nutrition Interventions for Uganda project, funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was a three year project (2008-2011) managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC) in...

Existing Education System as a channel for the Improvement of Vitamin A Supplementation Uptake in Njiru Dispensary, Nairobi Province Kenya

Problem: Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a common problem among preschool children and is associated with high mortality and morbidity. VAD has profound effects on the health of children including impaired immunity (leading to severity of...

Healthy Lifestyle Family-Based Intervention for Iraqi and Jordanian Families in Jordan

Problem: “Sometimes, it can feel like life is something happening to us or around us and all we can do is watch…” (Thuraya, an HSL participant and Iraqi mother of three, Irbid, Jordan) Jordanian and Iraqi refugee families living in Jordan...

Uganda – Nutrition for PLHIV Collaborative

Date improvement activities began: April, 2009 Aims/objectives: The goal of the improvement activity is to improve the nutritional status of PLHIV in the NuLife-supported facilities. The specific objectives for Uganda which contribute to...

Strengthening the capacity of African institutions for improving the quality of nutrition programs: final report of the Greater Horn of Africa Initiative

Over the last few decades there have been major investments in nutrition programs in recognition of the contribution they can make toward reducing the underlying cause of morbidity and mortality among young children. Despite the continued...

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