On the 1st of December, 2020, Growth through Nutrition activity conducted a webinar on Transforming Food Systems: Lessons Learned from Global and Local Experience. The webinar was organized by Tufts University in collaboration with Save the Children International and was attended by more than sixty nutrition, health, and other development professionals.
On Wednesday, the 30th of September, 2020, Growth through Nutrition and Tufts University hosted an online webinar to discuss the short- and long-term implications of the COVID-19 epidemic and response on nutrition and quality nutrition services. The event aimed to demonstrate key lessons and innovations from Ethiopia and beyond in responding to COVID and featured panelists from civil society, government, and academia sectors.
Optimal Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) behaviors are among the immediate results prioritized under Growth through Nutrition activity’s work in Ethiopia, as they play an integral part in promoting health and nutrition as well as addressing the socio-economic development and dignity of the project’s beneficiaries.
Grant under Grant is a Growth through Nutrition initiative to develop the sustained capacity of local governments to address and claim ownership of the maternal and child nutrition needs in their respective woredas. Launched in project Year IV, Grant under Grant is a fixed-amount award pilot program that has committed over nine million Birr under three grants in three woredas that largely focus on system strengthening of local governments to initiate and sustain innovative means for the production and consumption of nutritionally dense foods.
Despite an early implementation of strict prevention measures, COVID-19 continues to spread in various parts of Ethiopia. While the current battle to keep the rate of infection low continues, this is not a guarantee of immunity either from the virus nor its impact on the economic, social, political, and cultural dynamics of the population.
The Growth through Nutrition Activity team came together for the fourth annual review and planning session between the 14th and 16th of August. The meeting, which took place virtually over the Microsoft Teams platform, brought together the project’s senior leadership, thematic advisors, partners and regional teams for lively discussions reflecting on the activities, challenges, successes and lessons of the almost complete project year and planning for the upcoming (and for some partners, final) project year.
On the 28th of February, 2020 –Tufts University, in collaboration with Save the Children, brought together more than forty nutrition focal persons for the 7th Project Research and Learning Working Group Meeting to discuss two gender interrelated topics.
On September 24th, 2019, USAID Ethiopia’s new Mission Director, Sean Jones, visited Growth through Nutrition sites in Lume Woreda, East Oromia Region accompanied by a team of USAID and Save the Children staff. The visit was primarily aimed at introducing the project’s implementation at the community level.
The 6th project research and learning meeting took place on Friday, the 27th of September 2019, at the Sapphire Hotel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting brought together around 20 participants from nutrition and WASH projects to discuss the findings from the recent SCI WASH research conducted on behalf of USAID. The findings are expected to inform the revision of USAID’s WASH and Nutrition guidelines anticipated to be finalized in Spring 2020. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session and discussion.
The Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS) has been conducted about every five years since 2000 in Ethiopia to measure health, nutrition status, and population. The survey’s results are vital in maintaining awareness of both national and regional health and nutrition indicators.