CARE – Improved Health and Nutrition in Africa

Reporting Organization:CARE Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 3,809,524
Timeframe: December 16, 2011 - April 30, 2015
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

CARE Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Ethiopia - $ 2,704,762.04 (71.00%)

Zimbabwe - $ 1,104,761.96 (29.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (80 %)

Health Promotion & Education (20 %)

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This project aims to reduce malnutrition and improve the health of vulnerable women and children living in selected areas of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. The project addresses better infant and child feeding practices, improved access to health services, as well as enhanced hygiene practices at the household level. Activities include: training women and community health workers on infant feeding practices; training on food diversity and nutrition to improve backyard and community gardens; and developing income generating activities for women. In Ethiopia the project is expected to reach 1,200 community health workers, 500 mothers, and 5,440 children. And in Zimbabwe the project intends to reach 4,000 mothers, 4,000 children and 740 village health workers. CARE Canada is working in partnership with CARE Ethiopia and Zonal Health Offices in West and East Hararghe, Ethiopia; and CARE Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in the Mashvingo and Midlands provinces as well as Agriculture Technology and Extension Services (AGRITEX), the Government of Zimbabwe’s agricultural extension service to implement this project. This project is part of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: 10,441
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of May 2013 include:

Ethiopia has completed the training of trainers on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) with 139m/459f Community Health Workers (CHWs) trained and a further 132m/308f CHWs trained on dietary diversity. A total of 251m/268f health workers have been trained in IYCF. Community level training of trainers has taken place for IYCF, gender equality and dietary diversity to 719 men and 1,213 women. Beneficiaries who have received services of IYCF education from the community “Women’s Development Army” total 1,424 and an additional 1,251 men have received IYCF training. Community members who attended cooking demonstrations of maternal, infant and young child complimentary feeding total 277 men and 709 women. 198 women have attended training on developing community gardens and 12 men and 1,188 female community members have been educated on animal rearing. The project has created 95 village savings and loans groups that are designed to provide financial support for dietary diversity and food security involving a total of 459 women. Hygiene education has reached 413 men and 484 women.

Zimbabwe continues to roll out the Train the Trainer (TOT) program on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) based on the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health (MoH) guidelines. To date a total of 35f/11m health professionals have been trained as trainers and a further 38f/11m trained to provide IYCF services within health facilities. Community Health Workers (CHW) trainer of trainers included 72f and 7m which has been cascaded to a further 171f and 44m CHWs. The trainer of trainers for Agricultural Extension Workers (Agritex) has been conducted for 12f and 26m, cascaded to a further 50f and 68m Agritex workers to support food security. Food security continues to be a significant and ongoing challenge in Zimbabwe. CARE continues to be actively engaged in the regular operations of the District Drought Relief Committees, which provide overall coordination of broader food security programming, addressing access and availability of food. CARE is also participating as a member of district and national level committees on food security and nutrition.


SDG Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • SDG 2.1.2 Prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity in the population, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)
MNCH-related indicators
  • %/total of infants (0-5 months) who are fed exclusively with breast milk
  • %/total of sick children under 5 receiving treatment for malaria, pneumonia, or diarrhea
  • %/total of women attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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