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Photo Credit: Morgana Wingard/USAID

Access to quality nutrition services in health facilities and across communities is essential to prevent and manage malnutrition and promote optimal nutrition across all life stages. USAID Advancing Nutrition works with communities, governments, United Nations agencies, and other local and international organizations to strengthen nutrition within health systems. With a special focus on maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding, we work to improve nutrition services available in communities, strengthen national policies, and build global guidance to ultimately save the lives of women and children around the world.

Our work

  • Contributes to global evidence on incorporating nutrition into preventive and curative health services
  • Builds health worker capacity to provide quality nutrition services
  • Promotes linkages between families and community health services, as well as linkages between community and facility health services
  • Improves the enabling environment for nutrition.

Activities

Browse a selection of 12 activities from this Focus Area technical team.

Ghana GMP Health Worker counseling a young mother

Strengthening Growth Monitoring and Promotion: A Core Child Health and Nutrition Service

Learning from country experiences implementing growth monitoring and promotion.

Two Ghanaian Health workers weighing a small child outside as the mother looks on.

Health Workers Tackle Malnutrition in Yikpabongo, Ghana

Health workers in the Mamprugu-Moagduri District of Ghana are now equipped with the knowledge and support they need to identify and manage cases of acute malnutrition in children in their communities.

Older woman demonstrating breasfeeding with a doll, while three younger women look on at the University

Strengthening Breastfeeding Counseling Through Mentorship in Kenya

Developing and testing a breastfeeding counseling mentorship program in Kenya.

Project staff from around the world will attend ICN to disseminate findings from the last five years of research and implementation.
Adolescence is a period of rapid growth between the ages of 10–19, presenting a “second window of opportunity” to influence an individual’s growth and development.
To commemorate World Breastfeeding Week 2022, USAID Advancing Nutrition collaborated with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health to organize a two-day training on optimal breastfeeding.