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USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Tools for Designing and Conducting Social and Behavior Change Evaluations

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Behavior Change for Nutrition
This short document provides practical tools for improving nutrition social and behavior change evaluations. It complements Measuring Social and Behavior Change in Nutrition Programs: A Guide for Evaluators and Evaluating Social and Behavior Change Components of Nutrition Activities: A Design Guide for USAID Staff.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Determinants of Maternal Diet Quality in Winter in the Kyrgyz Republic

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Nutrition and Health Systems
Diet quality influences maternal health and nutrition from preconception through pregnancy and lactation, as well as infant health and nutrition.
Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank

Realising the Potential of Schools to Improve Adolescent Nutrition

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Adolescent NutritionFood Systems
In this article, authors argue that school health programs have the potential to mitigate a growing epidemic of malnutrition in children and adolescents through the provision of healthy school meals, micronutrient supplementation, and setting standards for drinks and beverages.
Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank

Anthropometric Assessment of Nutritional Status in School-Aged Children and Adolescents

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Adolescent Nutrition
This article discusses anthropometric assessment in school-aged children and adolescents.
Adolescent Nutrition Resource Bank

VIDEO: Building the Future of Girls: Alive & Thrive Interventions to Improve Adolescent Nutrition in Ethiopia

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Adolescent NutritionAnemia
These videos summarize testimonials from health workers, teachers, and adolescent students who were part of the Alive & Thrive intervention in Amhara; Somali; and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's regions of Ethiopia.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Renforcer le continuum de soins pour la prise en charge de l’émaciation par la coordination et la collaboration

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Acute Malnutrition
Le Bureau de l’aide humanitaire (Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance) d’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international et la Mission de l’USAID en RDC ont demandé à l’USAID Advancing Nutrition d’entreprendre une activité d’apprentissage facilité sur la co-localisation délibérée des partenaires de la nutrition en RDC.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Strengthening the Continuum of Care for Wasting Management through Coordination and Collaboration: Findings from Facilitated Learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Acute Malnutrition
The U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and the USAID Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) asked USAID Advancing Nutrition to undertake a facilitated learning activity on purposeful co-location of nutrition partners in four provinces in the DRC.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Improving Nutrition among Children with Feeding Difficulties and Disabilities: Call to Action for Policymakers

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Early Childhood DevelopmentNutrition and Health Systems Acute MalnutritionBreastfeedingComplementary FeedingEarly Childhood DevelopmentInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Feeding difficulties can negatively impact children’s growth and development, as well as the quality of life for themselves and their families. To better understand needs and opportunities in this area, USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted a scoping review of programs supporting nutritional care of children with feeding difficulties and disabilities.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Small-Quantity Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplement Program Implementation

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Micronutrient Interventions
This report describes a learning activity to 1) document the factors that promoted and/or hindered successful implementation of small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements (SQ-LNS) programs in highly food insecure contexts and 2) garner perspectives on considerations for scale-up.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

The Neglect of Culture in Global Health Research and Practice

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Gender
Reframing research and interventions to ensure that they reflect the structure, roles, and resources of indigenous cultures is critical. Global research and funding institutions should support more culturally grounded research and programs to increase their relevance, effectiveness, and impact.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Integrating Gender into Nutrition Programs: Program Guide

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Gender
This guide shares resources and examples to design, implement, monitor, and adapt interventions to integrate gender into nutrition programming.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Enabling Better Complementary Feeding: Guidance and Workbook

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Complementary FeedingWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
This workbook introduces basic concepts of social and behavior change design; implementation; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning to improve complementary feeding practices.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Behavioral Solutions for Child Feeding Before and After Illness

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Adolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Behavioral design guided the development of solutions that support families to continue feeding their young children during periods of illness and more food in the two weeks following an illness. Solutions also provide community- and facility-based health workers with resources and approaches to support families.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Behavioral Barriers to Feeding Young Children During and After Illness

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Adolescent NutritionComplementary Feeding
Behavioral factors can impede optimal complementary feeding—during and after illness. Findings point to how programs can equip community- and facility-based health workers with tools, messages, and other resources to guide and encourage families to feed children appropriately during illness and recovery.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Women's Empowerment, Maternal Depression, and Stress: Evidence from Rural Burkina Faso

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender
Researchers found a significantly negative relationship between the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index score and maternal stress and depression. Self-efficacy and respect among household members were important drivers of this inverse relationship.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Efficacy of Behavioral Interventions to Improve Maternal Mental Health and Breastfeeding Outcomes: A Systematic Review

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Breastfeeding
Behavioral interventions had statistically significant positive effects on maternal mental health and breastfeeding and most showed a decrease in self-reported depression and/or anxiety symptoms in parallel with an increase in breastfeeding duration and/or exclusivity.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

How India is Moving from an "Ego-Based" to an "Ecosystem-Based" Digital Health System

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Nutrition and Health Systems
The Long Live India Digital Mission is creating a platform for longitudinal electronic health records for India. The system will establish national health identifications, a registry for facilities and providers, and national digital health records to improve patient care and outcomes.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Growth Monitoring and Promotion Expert Consultation Summary Report

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Nutrition and Health Systems Growth Monitoring and Promotion
Programmers, researchers, and policymakers discussed advances and opportunities in growth monitoring and promotion since the 2018 convening.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

From Evidence to Action: Uniting Around Nutrition in the 1000-Day Window

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Nutrition and Health Systems BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Improving nutrition security in the first 1,000 days requires long term investment in early childhood development, better integration of nutrition issues in the healthcare system, greater attention to nutrition among donors, and comprehensive implementation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Increased surveillance of pregnant and nursing people and young children is also critical.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Building High-Quality Health Systems to Improve Nutrition Services for Women and Children: Policy and Implementation Considerations

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Nutrition and Health Systems Adolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
High-quality health systems for nutrition require integrated service provision and supplies, performance monitoring, strategic purchasing, and functioning referral services. Critical to achieve this are political leadership and commitment, well-defined quality metrics, quality and timely nutrition data, and a strong accountability system.