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USAID Advancing Nutrition is integrating responsive care and early learning into existing multi-sectoral nutrition programming in Mozambique. Working together, USAID Advancing Nutrition and Transform Nutrition (TN), led by Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo, aim to improve the nutrition outcomes of target populations in Nampula Province, the largest and most densely populated province of Mozambique.

The project looks to build from the Ministry of Health's momentum in integrating nurturing care for early childhood development (ECD) into health and nutrition services and the strong foundation that other partners have helped establish. This work leverages TN and USAID Advancing Nutrition's platforms and expertise to improve ECD by delivering integrated community-based services and supporting the enabling environment for those services, which is essential for improving ECD outcomes among children today and for sustainability into the future.

At national and provincial levels, TN is working closely with Mozambique's government to strengthen nutrition programming through the national community health worker program. In addition to supporting TN's work to improve ECD outcomes, USAID Advancing Nutrition also complements TN by strengthening systems for multi-sectoral coordination at the provincial and sub-provincial levels by reinforcing human resource capacity.

By building the evidence base for integrated program approaches to improve nutrition and child development outcomes, USAID Advancing Nutrition's goal is to leave a lasting impact on ECD outcomes in Mozambique.

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