From 2012 to 2018, FANTA worked closely with the Government of Ethiopia and its partners to improve and sustain the quality of the country’s nutrition programs to mitigate the effects of HIV, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. With an emphasis on integrating nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) into the HIV Treatment, Care, and Support Program, FANTA provided technical assistance, training, and resources to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs), namely Addis Ababa, Amhara, Dire Dawa, Oromia, SNNPR, and Tigray. FANTA focused its technical assistance in the following areas: human resource capacity, monitoring and reporting, clinical mentorship for integrated NACS and HIV services, supply chain management, and quality improvement. FANTA’s approaches strengthened and improved the capacity of FMOH and the RHBs to provide nutrition services within HIV services.
FANTA also provided technical support to the FMOH and RHBs to strengthen multisectoral nutrition coordination and advocacy activities at both national and regional levels. As part of the rollout of the National Nutrition Program (NNP II) 2015–2020, FANTA strengthened multisectoral nutrition coordination at the regional and local levels. FANTA also supported the FMOH to develop a multifaceted advocacy strategy to increase awareness, commitment, and funding for nutrition interventions based on analysis using PROFILES, an evidence-based tool used for nutrition advocacy.
FANTA’s NACS work is described in Strengthening Sustainability of Nutrition Programming and Integrating Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS) into the HIV Treatment, Care, and Support Program in Ethiopia.
FANTA’s activities in Ethiopia included:
- Strengthening the sustainability of nutrition programming and integrating NACS into the HIV Treatment, Care, and Support Program
- Strengthening the capacity of RHBs to integrate quality NACS services
- Improving nutrition advocacy and multisectoral nutrition coordination to strengthen nutrition service delivery