Nutritional Assessment Counseling and Support

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...

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...

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...

Is Self-Management a Solution to Retention, Adherence and Engagement of HIV Patients to Care? A Case from Mbeya DC, Tanzania

Monica Ngonyani

Quality Improvement Advisor, Tanzania, USAID ASSIST Project/URC


Engagement, adherence and retention to care remain low in many settings and their determinants are often poorly understood. Through this blog we wish to share some promising insights observed from our work in Mbeya DC.

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.

Improving the nutrition of orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya

Bill Okaka

Knowledge Management & Communications Officer, ASSIST Kenya

Jemimah Owande

Quality Improvement Advisor, OVC, Kenya, USAID ASSIST/URC

Contributing Authors: Lillian Atsiavula (Deputy Manager OVC Department in Ampath plus), Irene Mutea (Quality Improvement Officer - OVC), and Charles Kimani ( Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor).

Responding to gender issues to improve outcomes in nutrition assessment, counseling, and support services

Nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) is an approach to integrate evidence-based nutrition interventions into health services, including the prevention, categorization, and treatment of malnutrition and sustained improved...

Integrating Nutrition Services in HIV and TB Care in Mindolo I Clinic in Kitwe, Zambia

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), health care workers in Kitwe District are improving the quality of nutrition assessment,...