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Project profile: Improved Food Security for Mothers and Children

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Basic Information

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2011-02-21 — 2015-03-31



This project aims to improve the nutritional and health status of 3 million children under-five and pregnant and lactating women. The project is designed to achieve this through increased use of clean water and sanitation services and community-based nutrition and health services. Project activities include training community health workers to provide community-based nutrition services such as regular screening and treatment of malnutrition in all children under five; breastfeeding and complimentary feeding promotion, and nutrition counselling for caregivers; and regular provision of Vitamin A, iron supplements, and de-worming tablets. The project is also designed to improve water and sanitation services including clean water sources, separate toilets, and hand-washing facilities.

This project is part of Canada's Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment.


Improving health
  • Basic nutrition (012240): 61%
  • Basic drinking water supply (014031): 13%
  • Basic sanitation (014032): 13%
  • Health education (012261): 13%


Expected Results

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Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of March 2015 include: (1) trained 5,188 Health Extension Workers in health management related to MNCH; (2) 948,871 children under two participated in the growth monitoring and promotion activities, while mothers received counselling on infant and young child feeding best practices; (3) community health days conducted every 3 months, 8,445,815 children received vitamin A supplements and 5,728,370 children received deworming treatments; (4) treated 1,600,340 severely malnourished children in community management of acute malnutrition services, resulting with a recovery rate of 87%; (5) 359,755 households gained access to sanitation and hygiene facilities by building their own toilets; (6) established 1,984 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Committees for the operation and maintenance of water schemes; (7) 6,112 villages achieved open defecation-free status; and (8) provided 230 health facilities with a full WASH package, benefitting approximately 1,150,000 patients and caretakers.

These results have contributed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and children by offering improved preventive community-based nutrition services, clean water and sanitation facilities.

Related Information


Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund2011-02-11Grant