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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.


Browse a selection of 17 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.

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Strengthening Health Worker Capacity to Provide Inpatient Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Nigeria

USAID Advancing Nutrition collaborates with the Federal Ministry of Health to train health workers on the treatment of acute malnutrition.

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What Tools do Community Health Workers Want to Help Them Practice Compassionate Counseling on Nutrition?

As integral members of health systems, community health workers (CHWs) are often expected to perform one of the hardest tasks: provide timely and tailored counseling to families in the critical…

USAID Deputy Administrator and U.S. Ambassador visit USAID Advancing Nutrition’s photography exhibition on food security and nutrition at the National Historical Museum
Almost half of all deaths for children under 5 are attributable to malnutrition — this is why improving nutrition is imperative to achieving USAID’s global maternal and child survival goals.
Reducing anemia in Ghana requires strengthening the capacity of frontline health workers at the health facility and community levels on anemia prevention and management.
Increasing the availability and quality of nutrition data is important to measure progress towards global nutrition goals.