Maziko: Nutrition Foundations for Women and Children

Reporting Organization:CARE Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 6,049,015
Timeframe: January 31, 2012 - March 31, 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

Malawi - $ 6,049,015.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (100 %)

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This project (Maziko) aims to benefit more than 236,000 women, with a focus on pregnant and lactating women and girls and boys in two districts where stunting and malnutrition are widespread. Addressing under-five child stunting head-on, the project takes an integrated approach to preventing and treating malnutrition by addressing behaviour change in the areas of feeding practices, agricultural production, water, sanitation and hygiene. The project also focuses on providing access to programs at the district and community level. The Maziko Project uses a model of behaviour change that has been proven to reach large numbers of households while strengthening community-based referral to health services.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Under-5 children
Total Direct Population: 236,000
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved delivery of nutrition services to pregnant and lactating women and children (under five) in target districts in Malawi; (2) improved local enabling environment to sustain nutrition outcomes within target districts; and (3) increased women’s economic and social empowerment in target districts of Malawi.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2015) include: (1) 154 health surveillance assistants, 248 community promoters, 438 lead farmers, and 7,442 lead persons trained in community mobilization, maternal nutrition, optimal breastfeeding, complementary feeding, hygiene and sanitation, community management of childhood illness, dietary diversity, nutrition-rich food production, and food processing and preparation; (2) 48,922 beneficiaries reached with nutrition promotion activities through care group meetings, household cluster meetings, group cooking demonstrations, community sensitization sessions, field demonstrations, and home counselling visits; (3) 8,233 traditional leaders sensitized to nutrition-related issues; (4) seeds for 36,250 fruit trees and high-nutrient, locally available legumes distributed to 14,870 households for the establishment of backyard gardens; (5) 150 village water points renovated; (6) improved toilet facilities constructed at 13,241 households; (7) local hygiene and sanitation plans drawn up by 276 communities; (8) 89 villages declared “open defecation free” by the Government of Malawi and UNICEF; and (9) 2,334 village savings and loans (VSL) groups established and trained in VSL methodology (and 574 existing VSL groups also trained) reaching 24,662 participants (mostly women).


MNCH-related indicators
  • %/total households with access to a safe water supply
  • %/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
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)
SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.2.1 Under‑5 mortality rate
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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