Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI)

Reporting Organization:CARE Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 25,000,000
Timeframe: March 1, 2016 - September 1, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

CARE Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Zambia - $ 8,350,000.00 (33.40%)

Malawi - $ 8,325,000.00 (33.30%)

Mozambique - $ 8,325,000.00 (33.30%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (20 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (20 %)

Newborn & Child Health (20 %)

Nutrition (20 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (20 %)

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The Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI) aims to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age (15-49 years) and children under five in targeted regions of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, while working with local health authorities. Activities include training health workers to treat and provide education on malnutrition in mothers, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five; encouraging optimal breastfeeding; establishing household and school gardens to grow a diversity of nutritious foods; and raising awareness of good water, sanitation and hygiene practices. The initiative is implemented through a consortium led by CARE Canada in partnership with McGill University, CUSO International, and the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Under-5 children
Total Direct Population: 230,000
Total Indirect Population: 345,000
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Acute malnutrition treated
Community Health Workers trained
Community gardens supported
Community groups trained
Community members educated in nutritious eating habits
Community members educated on healthy sanitation practices
Community members educated on nutritional needs
Equipment and supplies provided
Gender champions promoted
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The ultimate outcome of the SANI project is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in the targeted regions. The intermediate outcomes are:

>> Improved nutrition practices and services of women of reproductive age and children under 5 in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. For example, counselling skills and women-centered services at the health facility will be included as part of the training of health workers and included as measures of quality of services during supportive supervision.

>> Improved maternal, infant and young child nutrition and gender sensitive practices for women of reproductive age and children under 5 in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. For example, women will be trained in water systems maintenance/repair, as public speakers, and in key financial and decision-making roles.

>> Strengthened governance and accountability of gender-equitable nutrition policies and programs for women of reproductive age and children under 5 in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. For example, capacity building of Nutrition Coordinating Committees will take place at provincial, district and ward levels to address and integrate gender into all aspects of national nutrition programming.

Achieved Results



MNCH-related indicators
  • %/total households and institutions (schools/clinics) with access to adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities
  • %/total households with access to a safe water supply
  • %/total of infants (0-5 months) who are fed exclusively with breast milk
  • %/total of mothers, and %/total of babies, who received postnatal care within two days of childbirth
  • %/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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