How Nutrition Programs Can Level Up with Gamification
Social and Behavior Change and Gender
Finding ways to turn desired practices or behaviors into games with achievable outcomes, providing milestones to indicate progress, recognizing success, giving participants autonomy, and making sure they feel a strong connection to the broader mission can leverage motivation and induce behavior change.
Enabling Better Complementary Feeding: Guidance and Workbook
Social and Behavior Change and GenderComplementary Feeding
This workbook highlights challenges and examples specific to social and behavior change (SBC) for improving complementary feeding. The basic concepts of high-quality SBC design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and learning can also be used to improve other nutrition behaviors.
Empowering Women Can Improve Child Dietary Diversity in Ethiopia
Social and Behavior Change and GenderGender
The survey-based women's empowerment index assessed social autonomy, decision-making, and attitudes to violence and was a stronger predictor of the change in minimum dietary diversity than wealth, child age, and urban residence. Women’s empowerment should be integrated into nutrition interventions.
Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Plans for $11 Billion to End Malnutrition at Global Nutrition Summit
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingCOVID-19Food SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
This investment will give governments and communities skills and resources to improve health, diets, and nutrition by supporting communities in crisis with emergency food and nutrition assistance. Greater investment will also help build resilient health systems and sustainable food systems to overcome setbacks posed by the pandemic, the global climate crisis, and recurring conflict.
Strengthening Maternal Nutrition in Health Programs: A Guide for Practitioners
Nutrition and Health SystemsMaternal Nutrition
This guide provides recommendations to add and strengthen maternal nutrition components in programs or services delivered by the health system, including actions to strengthen the overall health system and enabling environment. It includes a program planning process and additional information on collecting and synthesizing data.
Adolescents have been neglected in national and global nutrition plans and policies. This series highlights the effect of nutrition on adolescent growth and development, the role of the food environment on food choices, and strategies and interventions that may lead to healthy nutrition and growth.
Growth Monitoring and Promotion in Northern Ghana: A Case Study Narrative
Nutrition and Health SystemsGrowth Monitoring and Promotion
Growth monitoring and promotion (GMP) is a common platform for delivering child health and nutrition services. This report highlights findings, challenges, good practices, and innovations that stakeholders can use to foster healthy child growth and development.
Field Exchange Special Issue on Nutrition of School-Age Children and Adolescents
Nutrition and Health SystemsAdolescent NutritionCOVID-19
Developing international targets and goals and systematically tracking nutrition and mortality data are critical to assess the burden of malnutrition, monitor trends, prioritize interventions, advocate with governments, and assess programming efficacy.
Conducting Formative Research on Adolescent Nutrition: Key Considerations
Nutrition and Health SystemsAdolescent Nutrition
Involving adolescents in designing programs and efforts to inform policy allows them to make decisions about their own well-being and ensures the applicability of results in communities. This guidance includes a list of participatory nutrition research methods and pretesting resources.
Best Practices for Conducting a Remote Data Quality Assessment
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningCOVID-19Growth Monitoring and Promotion
Using a remote data quality assessment approach facilitates routine monitoring in emergency settings or when travel is not possible. Remote approaches also protect the health and safety of service providers, government staff, data collectors, and supervisors.
A Global Call to Action for Gender-Inclusive Data Collection and Use
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningGender
Binary representation of cisgender female and male populations perpetuates marginalization and discrimination of transgender and gender-nonconforming people and limits the ability to serve the needs of all. Authors call for a shift to using multinomial gender-disaggregation, particularly for surveyors, researchers, program implementers, policy makers, and gender rights advocates.
Household-Level Consumption Data can be Redistributed for Individual-Level Optifood Diet Modeling: Analysis from Four Countries
Monitoring, Evaluation, and LearningBreastfeedingGrowth Monitoring and Promotion
Results suggest that household consumption and expenditure surveys data can be used in Optifood analyses of dietary patterns and micronutrient gaps for 12- to 23-month-old children in place of individual-level 24-hour recalls. Further analyses are required for different age groups and locations.
Health Chat Featuring USAID Chief Nutritionist Shawn Baker
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingCOVID-19Emergency Nutrition Food SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Sensitive AgriculturePrivate-Sector Engagement
Increased investments to offset the consequences of COVID-19, expand social safety nets, and protect access to nutrition services, nutritious foods, and vitamin and mineral supplementation are critical. USAID’s Shawn Baker discusses the importance of closing financing gaps for private-sector engagement in the nutrition sector, and both stabilizing and reforming food systems for nutrition.
Reducing Child Undernutrition: Lessons from International Development
Knowledge ManagementAdolescent Nutrition
Speakers discuss multi-sectoral interventions, the role of institutional strengthening to address undernutrition at national and subnational levels, how nutrition interventions can better support social norms and behavior change, and how development agencies and partner governments can use these lessons to improve nutrition programming. This is a webinar.
The summit focused on women’s rights to health and nutrition and new and transformative thinking, investments, and actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on nutrition and gender equality. This is a webinar. The recording is available in English, French, and Spanish.