Accountability in health and nutrition in South Asia

Social and community accountability initiatives in health and nutrition have been associated with the potential for significant improvements in outcomes when applied to relevant services. A new Transform Nutrition working paper is now available Accountability in health and nutrition in South Asia – a conceptual and practical review of lessons from the global literature and from India, Pakistan and BangladeshThis  paper outlines community-specific factors, drawn from recent literature, which are likely to be of interest to researchers and practitioners in the field of health and nutrition delivery, stressing the importance of context in understanding accountability initiatives. It then brings together some of the findings of the practice review and practitioner consultation.

 

 

Pastoral Community Platforms as channels for Behavioural Change for Nutrition

New research just been published by Transform Nutrition and Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse with preliminary findings of a study on Pastoral Community Platforms as Channels for Behavioural Change for Improved Nutrition (BCIN) The research was designed to explore the potential of using pastoral-community platforms for channeling maternal, infant and young-child nutrition messages to community members. We have also published some useful case studies which provide an insight into the perceptions of the participants of the study who live in the study area.

What factors influence community nutrition workers in performing their jobs? Preliminary findings from Bihar, India

by Aparna John, PhD candidate, Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex

Child undernutrition rates in India are among the highest in the world (Raykar et.al, 2015). Despite the decline in undernutrition indicators such as stunting (low height for age), underweight (low weight for age) and wasting (low weight for height), India is home to 40 million stunted and 17 million wasted children. The Government of India has invested in efforts to reduce childhood undernutrition and improve maternal and child health through one of its flagship programmes — the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme. ICDS, the world’s largest community nutrition programme, is delivered by 1.34 million village based female workers, Anganwadi workers (AWWs). [Read more...]

The role of the media in strengthening uptake of nutrition evidence

By Kavita Chauhan, Neha Raykar and Moutushi Majumder, Public Health Foundation of India

The Transform Nutrition project in India focuses on generating evidence and engaging with key stakeholders, including the media, to communicate research findings. The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), in collaboration with Vikas Samvad, a non-governmental organisation based in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and with support from the POSHAN Project organised a meeting on Data for Nutrition: Role of Media in Strengthening Uptake of Nutrition Evidence. The participants comprised of editors, senior health correspondents, and young journalists from various districts of Madhya Pradesh, who cover health, nutrition and social development issues. [Read more...]

Children’s diets and access to markets in Ethiopia

Chronic undernutrition in Ethiopia is widespread and many children consume highly monotonous diets. To improve feeding practices in Ethiopia, a strong focus in nutrition programming has been placed on improving the nutrition knowledge of caregivers. In this new Transform Nutrition/ Ethiopia Strategy Support Programme working paper Children’s diets, nutrition knowledge, and access to markets , the impact of improving nutrition knowledge within households and its complementarity with market access is considered.

2016 Transform Nutrition Champions announced

After a world-wide call for nominations, Transform Nutrition are delighted to announce the 2016 Transform Nutrition Champions.

Following interviews, the stories of all 10 champions are being written up and will be available soon. We are also working with Save the Children on assessing their training needs and involving them in some of the big nutrition events taking place this year.

Our 10 champions:

  • Basanta Kumar Kar, Bangladesh/ India
  • Christine Muyama, Uganda
  • Christopher Dube, Zambia
  • Debjeet Sarangi, India
  • Frealem Shibabaw, Ethiopia
  • Manaan Mumma, Kenya
  • Neerja Chowdhury, India
  • San San Myint, Myanmar
  • V. Ramani, India
  • William Chilufya, Zambia

 

Transform Nutrition leaders network launched

The Transform Nutrition leaders network was launched at an event Delhi in December. The audience included Transforming Nutrition short course cohort from 2012 to 2015, nutrition researchers and nutrition champions.  The overall theme was ‘ Cross sectoral communication within nutrition and building on the strengths of networks’. [Read more...]

Made in India: Good Nutrition for all

Today sees ministers, researchers and other stakeholders come together at the launch event in Delhi of two new reports, India Health Report on Nutrition 2015 and the Global Nutrition Report 2015. Both point to India’s improved performance in reducing its high burden of malnutrition. But both reports point out that this improvement could—and should–be much more rapid. Event agenda here.

How to scale up impact on nutrition

We know a lot more about what is driving malnutrition and we know more about the type of interventions that are needed to respond. And yet, we continue to struggle with the “how” questions. A new Transform Nutrition research brief written by Stuart Gillespie is out now Scaling up impact on nutrition: what will it take? which will help guide policymakers and programme managers when designing and planning for scaling up impact on nutrition.