On October 4, 2023, USAID Advancing Nutrition is hosting an end of project event in Washington, DC to share learning, evidence, and resources to advance multi-sectoral nutrition. The agenda and event FAQs are available below.
Defining Healthy and Sustainable Diets for Infants, Children and Adolescents
Adolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This article provides an overview of nutrition recommendations for dietary intakes necessary to support normal growth and development of children from birth to 18 years. It identifies gaps in defining optimal intakes for children and youth in various geographical areas.
Building Rights for Improved Girls Health in Tanzania (BRIGHT): Empowering Adolescents in Tanzania to Exercise their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Nutrition Rights
Adolescent NutritionMental HealthReproductive Health
The webpage provides key information about the Building Rights for Improved Girls Health in Tanzania project in Tabora, Tanzania. It is a seven-year integrated adolescent nutrition initiative designed to build agency and empower adolescents (aged 10–19 years) to exercise their sexual and reproductive health and nutrition rights using youth-centered, feminist, and rights-based approaches.
Call to Action for Strengthening Nutrition Content in Pre-Service Training
Capacity StrengtheningBehavior Change for Nutrition
Investing in pre-service training is an especially effective and sustainable approach to improving nutrition services at scale. However, it requires a collaborative effort by all stakeholders—government ministries, academic institutions, professional associations, funders, and technical experts—to ensure curricula prepare frontline health workers to deliver quality nutrition services.
Permettre une meilleure alimentation complémentaire : Guide et cahier d'exercices
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsSocial and Behavior Change and GenderComplementary Feeding
Un changement social et comportemental (CSC) est nécessaire pour améliorer toutes les composantes de l’alimentation des jeunes enfants : une alimentation adéquate, des services adéquats et des pratiques alimentaires adéquates. Ce manuel met en évidence les défis et les exemples spécifiques au CSC de qualité pour améliorer l'alimentation complémentaire.
Food Taboos and Preferences in Women of Reproductive Age and Children Under Two in Mainland Tanzania
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningMicronutrient Interventions
This report presents the findings from a qualitative, formative research study on the food preferences of and cultural/religious prohibitions for women of reproductive age, children 6–23 months, and adolescent girls in selected regions of mainland Tanzania.
Integrating Complementary Feeding in Emergencies: A Decision Tool for Concrete Actions at Each Stage of the Humanitarian Program Cycle
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsComplementary FeedingEmergency Nutrition
A programmatic brief on time points through the program cycle (assessment, situation analysis, programming scope) to incorporate considerations for complementary feeding in emergencies and signposting tools from emergency and non-emergency settings.
Behavioral Design to Inform Social and Behavior Change for Nutrition
Social and Behavior Change and GenderInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This e-learning course offers a practical introduction to behavioral science and behavioral design and explains how to apply these approaches to nutrition efforts. A case study illustrates the behavioral design process and guides participants to assess whether and how the solutions presented can be adapted to other contexts.
Peer Counselling as an Approach to Improve Complementary Feeding Practices: A Narrative Review
Social and Behavior Change and GenderBreastfeedingComplementary FeedingMicronutrient InterventionsWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
This review finds that peer counseling was effective for breastfeeding, complementary feeding, minimum meal frequency, and minimum dietary diversity. These findings may inform future programs to extend the length of peer counseling for mothers.
Opportunities and Barriers for Maternal Nutrition Behavior Change: An In-Depth Qualitative Analysis of Pregnant Women and their Families in Uttar Pradesh, India
Social and Behavior Change and GenderBreastfeedingMaternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
This research finds that in India, health worker home visits, convenient transportation, and family support facilitated antenatal care checkups and maternal weight-gain monitoring, but limited motivation and understanding of the importance of checkups represent obstacles to such care.
Rapid Assessments of the Hunger–Climate–Conflict Nexus in Mali, Somalia, and South Sudan
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsEmergency Nutrition
This report reviews a project aimed at improving the nutritional status of crisis-affected populations in seven countries. The goal is to identify better ways for aid agencies to address the compounding impacts of long-term fragile governance and conflict and recurring shocks on resilience and food security.
Policy Brief: Kakamega County, Demonstrating the Value of Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Investments in Kakamega County
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAcute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionChild NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
Leaders and stakeholders in Kakamega County, Kenya, used a multi-sectoral nutrition (MSN) approach to set priority targets for the scale-up of interventions over the next five years. They developed a scorecard that defines targets for each intervention, and includes a monitoring and accountability framework, and outlines the costs of interventions.
ST4N Impact Report: Fighting for Global Nutrition in an Era of Crises: Impact Report | 2020–2022
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAdolescent NutritionChild NutritionCOVID-19Food SecurityFood SystemsGenderMaternal Nutrition
This report summarizes accomplishments of the Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium, included modeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on child and maternal nutrition, developing evidence-based recommendations for nutrition policy and funding, advocating for gender-transformative policies, analyzing and reporting on the impact of the war in Ukraine, and measuring the impact of the glo
Arm Circumference for Age, Arm Circumference and Weight-for-Height Z-Score for the Evaluation of Severe Acute Malnutrition: A Retrospective Cohort Study in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAcute Malnutrition
Adjusting mid-upper arm circumference for age (MUACZ) improves identification of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. However, using MUACZ can be more complicated than using weight-for-height Z-scores in the field, so it is important to identify easier ways to use this method. This is a pre-print of a manuscript.
WHO Guideline on the Prevention and Management of Wasting and Nutritional Oedema (Acute Malnutrition)
Nutrition and Health SystemsAcute Malnutrition
Speakers discuss new recommendations for the management of infants at risk of poor growth and development and children with wasting and nutritional edema. This is a webinar. It is available in English, French, and Spanish. An audio recording available in Arabic.