The Government of Mozambique aims to provide critical nutrition services to the general population, with a special focus on children in the first 2 years of life, women of reproductive age before and during pregnancy and lactation, adolescent girls 10–19 years of age, and people living with HIV and/or tuberculosis. A signatory of the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, the national government has ratified high-level commitments and enacted a multisectoral action plan to reduce chronic undernutrition and significantly improve maternal and child survival.
To assist Mozambique in reaching its nutrition goals, FANTA’s activities include:
- Strengthening nutrition counseling, assessment, and support services through the national Nutrition Rehabilitation Program (Programa de Reabilitação Nutricional [PRN]), including technical assistance at the national level with the Ministry of Health and at the provincial, district, and health center levels in the provinces of Nampula and Zambézia.
- Developing nutrition counseling materials for people living with HIV and/or TB.
- Coordinating the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival in Mozambique to support national plans to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to improve health center performance in this area
- Strengthening the Ministry of Health’s efforts to establish a more robust national nutrition surveillance program
- Strengthening the integration and improvement of health-facility and community-level counseling activities to improve nutrition practices among people living with HIV and/or tuberculosis
- Supporting the Ministry of Health to improve other programs for maternal and child health and nutrition, including:
- Development of a national policy, national strategy, and job aids on infant and young child feeding
- Development of a national strategy on social and behavior change communication related to nutrition
- Support to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
- Development and implementation of systems and tools to improve the quality of nutrition services
- Support to community-based projects to promote healthy and nutritious diets and nutrition-related best practices