Multisectoral Support to Nutrition Activities and Policies

Reporting Organization:IBRD Trust Funds - World Bank
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 13,500,000
Timeframe: March 29, 2012 - August 31, 2017
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

IBRD Trust Funds - World Bank

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Malawi - $ 13,500,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (80 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (20 %)

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This project aims to help break the vicious cycle of malnutrition, anaemia, and stunting that impairs the physical and cognitive development of women and children in Malawi. The project contributes to a larger World Bank project supporting Malawi’s roll-out of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Focusing on the “1,000 days” window of opportunity, from the day of conception to the age of two years, the project supports Malawi’s national efforts to prevent anaemia in pregnant and lactating women (at 38% in 2010) and stunting among children under two years of age (at 47% in 2010). The project brings the SUN Movement to districts, communities and households, reaching 3.3 million women of reproductive age and 3.5 million children under five, including 1.4 million children under two. This project contributes to Canada’s Muskoka Initiative to support nutrition programming in Malawi, a SUN “early riser” country.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Urban Rural
Total Direct Population: 6,800,000
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1 Baseline Assessment completed
1 IEC material designed
1 Malawi Food and Nutrition Act drafted
1 National Nutrition M&E System running
1 New National Nutrition Policy drafted
1 New National Nutrition Strategic Plan drafted
147 District Executive Committee officials oriented
1470 Backyard gardens established
262 Community care groups established
600 Front-line health and extension workers trained
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: strengthened stewardship, oversight, and coordination of gender-sensitive nutrition policy and programs at central, district and community level; improved access and utilization of prevention and treatment of malnutrition services in children and anaemia in pregnant and lactating women (including adolescent girls), focussing on the first 1,000 days from pregnancy to 2 year of age, in selected districts in Malawi.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2015 include: (1) a new National Nutrition Policy 2013-18 drafted; (2) a new National Nutrition Strategic Plan 2013-18 drafted; (3) Malawi’s first Food and Nutrition Act drafted; (4) a National Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation System designed and being rolled out; (5) a comprehensive baseline survey of community-based nutrition indicators; (6) information, education and communication materials designed for nation-wide nutrition promotion campaigns targeting households with children under five; (7) 600 front-line health and extension workers trained to deliver nutrition interventions in 7 districts; (8) 262 community care groups established to receive nutrition promotion messages; (9) 147 District Executive Committee officials oriented on nutrition issues; (10) 79 District Nutrition Coordination Committee members in 7 districts trained on coordinating nutrition interventions; (11) 1,470 backyard gardens established; (12) 110,000 people reached with nutrition promotion messages or interventions through community care groups; (13) in seven districts, 28% of children under five properly treated for diarrhoea versus 22% in 2010, and 38% of children receiving minimum dietary diversity versus 29% in 2010.

These results are contributing to Malawi’s progressive roll-out of the global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative which provides science-based guidance on proven, high-impact interventions designed to reduce under-nutrition and the prevalence of acute malnutrition, stunting, and anaemia among under five children and young women.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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