In a powerful testament to the force of knowledge and empowerment, mother-of-six, Workinesh Teka, details how with support from Growth through Nutrition, she transformed her family from a nutritionally vulnerable household to a thriving family unit, and how her children now consume a diversified diet of vegetables and animal products. She learned negotiation skills, and in doing so, built a stronger relationship with her husband, keeping the family from breaking apart.
IR2. Promoting Optimal Nutrition, WASH, and Agriculture Behaviors
The goal is to improve maternal, adolescent and child nutrition by increasing the adoption of optimal nutrition, WASH, and agriculture behaviors using social and behavior change communication (SBCC). This approach addresses gaps and promotes alignment and consistency of SBCC activities across the country.
IR2 integrates programming related to nutrition-sensitive agriculture (IR1), nutrition-specific interventions through the health sector (IR3), and WASH (IR4). The targets are women and their family members, caretakers, and the most vulnerable households with children under two. The SBCC focus on women emphasizes equal distribution of responsibilities and decision-making in households for optimal family health and growth.
The following focus areas are identified under IR2:
- Evidence-based SBCC approaches to improve nutrition, WASH, and agriculture-related behaviors
- Frontline agriculture and health workers’ skills related to SBCC
- Promotion and support of SBCC at community and household levels
Key Progress in Project Year II
During the Project Year II, Growth through Nutrition availed key materials for all partners on an online SBCC Resource Bank as part of the knowledge management website. Reports on adolescent nutrition formative research and the maternal nutrition trial of improved practices (TIPs) research were finalized and SBCC strategy was formulated. The project started Enhanced Community Conversations (ECCs) via both LNGOs and MVHH saving group platforms to improve the adoption of maternal, infant, young child nutrition (MIYCN) practices, reaching a total of 13,155 individuals. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church – Development Association (EOTC-DICAC) also provided training for 247 clergies on laws and regulations related to fasting for pregnant and lactating women, and children under two in Amhara region.
The document highlights the program impact pathways, progress made to date, some of its implementation challenges, and mitigation plan, as well as a way forward including program adaptation to COVID-19. Finally, it highlights the program's legacy.
Burke Amsalu is a mother of four children who struggled to find sustainable income as a local-spirit vendor and laborer in the Horo Guduru Welega Zone. While pregnant with one of her children, she frequently visited the nearby clinic to improve hygiene and nutrition practices for her household.
A report documenting outcomes and lessons learned from Growth through Nutrition's First 1000 Days Program which includes Enhanced Community Conversations and the use of;
1. a multi-media package of SBCC materials;
2. Home visits by Community Change Agents;
ADOLESCENT GIRLS’ DIET AND NUTRITION PRACTICES AND THEIR DETERMINANTS: A report on formative research findings and recommendations for Social and Behavior Change Communication Programming. March 2017.
A report documenting the methodology, findings and recommendations of formative research on adolescent girls nutrition-related practices in four regions.
Final Report on USAID/ENGINE’s Enhanced Community Conversations for the First 1000 Days of Maternal and Child Nutrition: A Gender Transformative SBCC Program Approach: Documentation of the Process, Outcomes and Lessons Learned
A report documenting the strategic thinking and design of a new approach to improve the adoption of nutrition-related practices, transform gender roles and improve family dynamics in households with children under two years old.
Tufts University, in collaboration with Save the Children International, will be hosting the 6th Project Research and Learning Working Group on Friday, the 27th of September, 2019.
The following topics will be presented and discussed during the half-day workshop.
Developed by the Manoff Group, this guide is designed for Health Club Teachers to help adolescents discuss ways to improve their nutrition and the nutrition (and WASH Behaviors) of their households and includes feasible behaviors, action areas and a guide to these specific means of helping adolescents take the right actions.
The handout introduces and covers the progress of program activities under IR2 between October 2016 and March 2019 (Optimal Nutrition, WASH, and Agriculture Behaviors Adopted)