USAID Advancing Nutrition has worked in Niger since November 2020. To reduce both the prevalence of anemia among women of reproductive age and adolescents, and the vitamin A deficiency among children under 5, the project supports existing USAID nutrition investments, the Government of Niger, and United Nations partners. We provide technical assistance aimed at strengthening iron-folic acid and vitamin A treatment and prevention services within health facilities and community-level platforms in USAID’s RISE II zones of intervention. In one district in Maradi and two districts in Zinder, we are working to—
- strengthen government capacity to increase effective coverage of iron-folic acid and vitamin A supplementation
- strengthen implementing partner skills on social and behavior change communication related to anemia and vitamin A deficiency treatment and prevention
- review progress and lessons learned from the initial months of implementation to inform future plans.
Partnering with Nutrition Actors in Niger to Refine SBC Quality Tools and Increase Micronutrient Intake
Young children, adolescent girls, and pregnant and lactating women in rural Niger are at high risk for inadequate intake of multiple micronutrients, especially vitamin A and iron.