IR3. Increasing Utilization of Quality Nutrition Services

It is essential that women and children have access to and utilize evidence-based nutrition-specific interventions and health services to prevent and treat infectious diseases. Key facility-level nutrition interventions include vitamin A supplementation, deworming, iron and folic acid (IFA) for pregnant women, zinc and oral rehydration therapy (ORT) for diarrhea, MIYCN and WASH, management of acute malnutrition, and nutrition management of infectious disease.

Building on successful ENGINE work, Growth through Nutrition will focus on the following intervention areas:

  • Improve delivery of quality nutrition services for children and pregnant and lactating women
  • Support sustained supply of commodities to deliver quality nutrition services
  • Support information system development for decision-making and program management

Key Progress in Project Year II

Growth through Nutrition provided Technical Assistance (TA) to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in updating the national Quality Improvement (QI) Training of Trainers (TOT) manual and developing community-based health services quality package; established 75 model QI sites; trained 1462 health workers and HEWs; and facilitated eight experience exchange visits for health workers from non-QI model Primary Health Care Units (PHCUs) to model QI sites.

The project trained 12,645 health workers (HWs), health extension workers (HEWs), agriculture extension workers (AEWs) and agriculture and health development army leaders on maternal and infant young child nutrition using standardized government training materials to improve nutrition services health centers, health posts in the community. The project conducted 983 mentoring and coaching technical support visits to health facilities.

Growth through Nutrition provided Integrated Pharmaceutical Logistics System (IPLS) training to 24 project staff and by integrated nutrition supply management related coaching in all health facilities visited for coaching. It also conducted nine assessments to monitor coverage of nutrition commodities in selected project supported PHCUs. The assessments highlighted gaps in key nutrition commodities which were reported to GoE counterparts for action at all levels.

 

Implications of COVID-19 on Nutrition: Lessons Learned from COVID-19, Practical and Innovative Approaches (Webinar)

The novel Coronavirus is imposing unprecedented health, nutrition, social, and economic risks to the global population. Although the number of COVID-19 cases is still rather low as compared to many other countries,  Ethiopia is also being affected with spread of the virus sharply increasing. If this spread continues, it has the potential to reverse some of the nutritional gains that the country has achieved in the last few years.

Success Story - Empowered Health Extension Worker Atsede transforms a health facility

When Atsede Seifu first joined the Tekeze Health Post in Welkait Wereda as a Health Extention Worker, she was highly affected by “that intensive sadness and worry of seeing children suffer from malnutrition despite the availability of different food items in their hands or at home.” With this motivation, she set about implementing quality improvement models supported by Growth through Nutrition following her on-the-job training - improving the organized records of the facility's services.

The role of Quality Improvement Initiatives Supported by Growth through Nutrition Activity to Improve Quality of Nutrition Services at PHCUs

Growth through Nutrition (GTN), a 5-year USAID Feed the Future multisectoral nutrition project in Ethiopia, has been providing technical and financial support for quality improvement on nutrition at Primary Health Care Units (PHCUs). The study report summarizes some of the key findings from research conducted by Tufts University (project implementing partner) in collaboration with SCI, on the role of quality improvement initiatives (QI) in improving nutrition interventions at Primary Health Care Units (PHCU).

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