In year two of the project, the Growth through Nutrition Activity conducted two research activities: A Formative Research on Adolescent Nutrition and Trials of Improved Practices on Maternal Nutrition (Maternal TIPs). The goal of this research was to gain insight into adolescent and maternal nutrition behaviors and their determinants in order to support the development of a social and behavioral change (SBC) strategy to help improve nutrition outcomes for children, adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women.
On April 4, 2018, the Tufts University Growth through Nutrition Activity team hosted a half-day inaugural meeting at Capital Hotel in Addis Ababa for the newly established Project Research and Learning Working Group. This technical working group was initiated by Tufts under Growth through Nutrition to enhance capacity, collaboration and dissemination for learning and knowledge among muti-sectoral nutrition projects in Ethiopia.
On March 30, 2018, Population Services International (PSI) organized a half-day workshop on Understanding and Shaping the WASH Market in Ethiopia. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce stakeholders to the WASH market development process, to disseminate major findings of the market landscape assessment and consumer insight studies, and to solicit feedback on the draft marketing and communication strategy developed from the research.
Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) are nationally representative household surveys on health, nutrition, and population in developing countries. The DHS surveys have been regularly conducted in Ethiopia every 5-6 years since 2000. The survey results are an extremely useful tool for tracking national and regional trends in key monitoring and impact indicators. The Ethiopia DHS 2016 Final Report was recently released in the summer of 2017.
On March 6, 2018, Growth through Nutrition brought together representatives from five new and continuing Local NGO (LNGO) partners for a kick-off meeting. The LNGOs included the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church-Development Association, Fayyaa Integrated Development Organization, Ethiopian Muslims Relief and Development Association, Common Vision for Development Association, and Mums for Mums Ethiopia.
Integration of research, learning and knowledge management components into development projects is a current and growing trend which can be seen in the design of many of the new and continuing projects in Ethiopia. Through the recent research and learning landscape assessment conducted by Tufts University, several organizations that have begun incorporating learning and knowledge management components into their nutrition, WASH, and agriculture programs were identified.
Deadline to submit proposal: March 11, 2018
The Federal Ministry of Health recently hosted an Annual National Nutrition Program (NNP) Implementation Review Meeting with technical and financial support from projects led by Save the Children International including Growth through Nutrition, INSPIRE and ECSC-SUN, and UNICEF. The meeting welcomed experts and leaders from NNP-implementing government sectors and partners from all over Ethiopia.
The Growth through Nutrition Livelihoods team (Land O'Lakes and Save the Children) brought together researchers from local Universities and Research Centers on December 16, 2017, for a one-day consultative workshop to select and standardize innovative postharvest technologies and practices that can be piloted in select locations of the project operational areas. The workshop was designed to solicit feedback from invited experts on the process of selecting and standardizing postharvest technologies and practices selected for piloting.
The Monitoring and Evaluation (MEAL) team rolled out field level data collection for the Most Vulnerable Households (MVH) Survey from October 23 to November 7, 2017. The MVH Survey is designed to assess interventions targeting households who encounter difficulties in obtaining basic needs due to inefficient resources and other conditions.