Project to support the fight against the double burden of malnutrition in Benin

Reporting Organization:Fondation Paul Gerin-Lajoie
Total Budget ($CAD):$ Unspecified
Timeframe: June 19, 2020 - August 15, 2020
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Agathe Riallan
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Fondation Paul Gerin-Lajoie

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)


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Areas of Focus


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In collaboration with the nutrition department of the University of Montreal and its research center TRANSNUT, the project will allow 24 students spread over three cohorts to complete a ten-week internship credited by the University in Benin, in order to support the local partner organization APRETECTRA in its activities to combat the double nutritional burden in communities. The double nutritional burden represents the coexistence within the same population of two types of problems related to nutrition, namely:

Problems related to “undernutrition” such as nutrient deficiencies and stunted growth;
Problems related to “over-nutrition” such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.
The project also contains a reciprocity component which will allow three participants from Benin to carry out a two-month internship in Quebec within the organization working in food security “Mon Resto St-Michel” as well as in the nutrition department of the University of Montreal, with the aim of strengthening their capacities to prevent problems related to the double nutritional burden in the communities of Comé and Grand-Popo in Benin.

By carrying out this project over three years, the scale of the impacts and benefits of the project in the community will be increased tenfold. By targeting seven villages per year for a total of 21 affected villages, the project will be able to reach over 9,000 individuals through sensitization campaigns, including 150 households (i.e. around 750 individuals) more directly through screening sessions and implementation. community gardens, in addition to building the capacities of more than 70 health and nutrition workers in the region.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys
Total Direct Population: 73
Total Indirect Population: 73
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3 Community Awareness Activities Implemented
1 Policy and Advocacy
4 Community Awareness Activities Implemented
7 Community Awareness Activities Implemented
70 Community Groups Engaged
7 Community Awareness Activities Implemented
7 Community Groups Engaged
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The first year will be mainly dedicated to the development of information, education and communication (IEC) tools and the training of targeted resources (APRETECTRA, Social Promotion Center (CPS) and community relays), but also to support in the development of their policies and action plans in terms of the fight against the double nutritional burden. The other two years of the project will ensure the monitoring of the implementation of these policies and action plans, as well as the consolidation of the achievements of the stakeholders, in addition to expanding the interventions in the territory to reach the 21 villages. targeted. Finally, year 3 will make it possible to take stock of the project and its impacts in order to be able to make recommendations on the sustainability of the actions undertaken,

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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