USAID Advancing Nutrition began working in Ghana in June 2020. In partnership with the Government of Ghana, we provide technical support and assessment services to improve district planning for equitable delivery of services that promote household resilience and early childhood growth and development. We aim to—

  • improve country coordination for nutrition and resilience
  • strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration to develop guidance and tools for food security and nutrition to inform the Government’s medium-term development plan
  • strengthen district-level decision-making on program planning, financing, and implementation for nutrition and resilience
  • strengthen local government to integrate multi-sectoral, evidence-based nutrition strategies in district development plans.

We also gather evidence to guide investments that USAID, the Government of Ghana, and other stakeholders make in early childhood development services for children ages 0–3 years, and we capture experiences and learning about growth monitoring and promotion approaches in Ghana.

Activities

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.

Three mothers holding their small children, while they are smiling outside

Establishing a Women’s Diets Learning Agenda

The project aims to generate global learning, evidence, and innovative practices on how to improve women’s diets.

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.

USAID Advancing Nutrition Ghana has given 139,000 maternal and child health record books to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to help improve the quality of nutrition service delivery.
USAID Advancing Nutrition is piloting a new counseling package for community-level counselors and health care providers that focuses on promoting responsive care and early learning. 
2021 was a “Year of Action” for nutrition. For USAID Advancing Nutrition, that meant expanding our work to support local ownership of multi-sectoral nutrition programs in 11 countries.