Support to Child Survival

Reporting Organization:Nutrition International
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 9,933,433
Timeframe: October 16, 2014 - April 1, 2016
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Nutrition International

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Ethiopia - $ 9,933,433.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (65 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (20 %)

Health Promotion & Education (15 %)

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This project aims to reduce the number of children who are sick and dying by improving the access of 2.2 million Ethiopian children to highly effective care to prevent and treat malnutrition. Despite recent progress, malnutrition remains a serious problem in Ethiopia, and many children do not regularly have enough nutritious food to keep them healthy. Malnutrition contributes to about half of all deaths of children under five years old. Activities include: (1) providing vitamin A supplements, which helps to ensure normal growth and development and to reduce infections and illness, and treatment for worms, which increases the ability to absorb essential nutrients for children under five years old; (2) training health workers at the community level to detect and treat severe acute malnutrition, and (3) treating severely malnourished children and pregnant and breastfeeding women in their own communities with special food. This project is part of Canada’s commitment for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: 3,382,000
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) better access of vulnerable children to preventative health care including provision of Vitamin A and deworming treatments, and malnutrition detection; and (2) better access to community health services to treat children with acute malnutrition.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM): (1) 263,000 children with severe acute malnutrition were admitted and treated in the target regions (significantly higher than the planned target of 58,000, considering the increased severe acute malnutrition cases due to the current drought); (2) 20,000 health workers were trained on management of severe acute malnutrition; and (3) nutrition officers were deployed in each region to strengthen the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition program.

Enhanced Outreach Strategy (implemented in Gambela and Somalia): (1) 830,000 children 6-59 months of age received two doses of vitamin A, representing 96% of the target population; (2) 512,000 children 24-59 months of age received de-worming treatments twice a year, representing 92% of the target population; and (3) 130,000 children 6-59 months of age and 121,000 pregnant and lactating women were screened for malnutrition. This represents 98% and 137% of the target populations, respectively. Target populations were based on administrative estimates by age group provided by Regional Health Bureaus.

Health Extension Program (implemented in 100 districts in Oromia): (1) 1.5 million children 6-59 months of age received two doses of vitamin A, representing 95% of the target population; (2)100% of districts always had stocks of ready-to-use therapeutic feeding; and (3) 6,000 health extension workers were trained on routine delivery of vitamin A supplements.

These results contributed to increased access and coverage for vulnerable children to vitamin A, deworming and malnutrition detection, as well as better access to community health services to treat children with acute malnutrition in Ethiopia


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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