Reducing Maternal and Child Undernutrition

Reporting Organization:UNICEF
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 15,000,000
Timeframe: March 22, 2012 - March 30, 2017
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization


Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Ghana - $ 15,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (100 %)

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The goal of the project is to reduce illness and death due to undernutrition among children and mothers in northern Ghana. The project aims to increase the support available within communities for treating malnutrition and improving nutrition among the most vulnerable populations of northern Ghana. The project activities include training and equipping frontline health workers to treat severely malnourished children; training community volunteers to identify the early stages of severe acute malnutrition and to refer patients for treatment; training community volunteers and local organizations to promote local, nutritious foods; and providing information on good feeding practices for infants and young children. To ensure that the expanded support for nutrition is sustainable and to help reduce the number of children facing undernutrition in the long term, the project helps the Government of Ghana develop and implement a strong and coherent national nutrition policy. The project also includes developing a gender-sensitive nutrition surveillance system in the three northern regions, to help the government and development partners improve nutrition programs, decision-making, and timely response in those regions.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved treatment and prevention of undernutrition for boys and girls under five years of age and for mothers; (2) improved financial support, gender-sensitive policy coherence, and coordination in the nutrition sector; and (3) improved monitoring of nutritional indicators and improved decision making for better nutritional outcomes.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) a reduction of stunting among children under five years from baseline of 28 percent to 19 percent; (2) 85 districts provide community-based management of acute malnutrition services; (3) 10,515 malnourished children successfully treated; (4) 19,327 front-line health workers trained to provide nutrition services; (5) 1,089,333 households educated on proper nutrition; (6) nutrition indicators in the District Health Information Management System platform revised, updated and adopted by all project districts; (7) Universal Salt Iodization Strategy approved by Cabinet; (8) health facilities with Community Management of Acute Malnutrition coverage increased to 1,366 from 1,073 in 2014; (9) health sector strategic plan developed and validated at multi sector meetings; (10) nutrition specific strategic plan developed and awaiting costing; (11) orientation provided to nutrition officers from all 216 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies; (12) District League Tables developed for real time monitoring of districts’ performance indicators on nutrition; and (13) 883 health staff trained on routine data management at the district level to enhance evidence-based programming and monitoring. These results contribute to sustaining better nutritional status and reducing illness and death due to undernutrition among children and mothers in Ghana.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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