This project with Nutrition International (NI) aims to improve the nutrition and health of people who need it the most in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, particularly adolescent girls, pregnant women and women of reproductive age, newborns and young children. NI works with country governments and other organizations in nutrition to leverage existing proven platforms to extend the reach, depth and impact of nutrition programming among target populations. Project activities include: (1) delivering essential nutrition services, namely critical vitamins and minerals; fortified food products, promotion of breastfeeding; and (2) delivering nutrition counselling and antenatal care packages to reduce mortality, anaemia, birth defects, low birth weight and stunting. This project is part of Canada’s commitment to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased commitment by global and country-level policy and decision makers; (2) improved quantity, quality and timeliness of the provision of packages of interventions to target groups; and (3) improved demand for, uptake and use of nutrition interventions by target groups.