The document highlights the program impact pathways, progress made to date, some of its implementation challenges, and mitigation plan, as well as a way forward including program adaptation to COVID-19. Finally, it highlights the program's legacy.
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.
Burke Amsalu is a mother of four children who struggled to find sustainable income as a local-spirit vendor and laborer in the Horo Guduru Welega Zone. While pregnant with one of her children, she frequently visited the nearby clinic to improve hygiene and nutrition practices for her household.
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).
Growth through Nutrition has provided training on Gender Responsive Effective Teaching Skills for 834 instructors at 19 institutions.This success story illustrates how Fekadu Reta's devoted teaching and dedication to nutrition education has been transformed by Growth through Nutrition training at Hawassa University.
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Tilahun and Shitaye are the proud parents of four beautiful, young girls who live in the towering, rainy hills of Bule District in southern Ethiopia. Genet, their youngest daughter, has grown up to be a strong, healthy two-year old and a hallmark for good nutrition in the neighborhood!
Handout on the progress of program activities under IR3 from October 2018- March 2019(Increased Utilization of Quality Nutrition Services)
Description of program activities under IR3 (Increasing utilization of quality nutrition services - Nutrition Service Delivery for Pregnant and Lactating Mothers, Capacity Building and Sustained Supply of Nutrition Commodities)
Summarizes key findings on maternal nutrition and health indictors from the ENGINE Birth Cohort Study, along with policy and future research recommendations.