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Assessing the Feasibility and Validity of Using Eye Tracking to Study Infants’ Cognitive Function in Rural Malawi

19 May 2017

FANTA partners carried out a field test with 9-month-old infants in rural Malawi to assess the feasibility of using a non-invasive, eye-tracking-based method to assess infant cognitive function in a low-income setting. The method was found to be feasible. A follow-up study showed few associations between eye- tracking-based assessment of visual and cognitive function at 9 months and non-specific risk markers for early child development.

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Implementation Science: Translating Nutrition Research into Practice

12 May 2017

FANTA draws on implementation science to translate research and experience into evidence-based guidance and practice for nutrition programming. FANTA and its partners have conducted or are conducting implementation-related research in a range of areas, including growth monitoring and promotion programs; lipid-based nutrient supplements; and nutrition assessment, counseling, and support services.

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Workshop on Cutting-Edge Tools for Advocacy and Decision Making in Nutrition Programs

4 May 2017

Hosted by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, at the New York Academy of Science and the Micronutrient Forum in New York City April 27–28, 2017, the workshop focused on supporting the adoption and utilization of three types of tools. Kavita Sethuraman and Monica Woldt represented FANTA at the workshop. Kavita presented on PROFILES and activity-based costing, and Monica was a member of a facilitated panel discussion, “Perspectives from policy makers and implementers.”

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FANTA's Uganda Nutrition Fellowship

27 April 2017

Read the story about the 12 Fellows who were selected for a spot in the 18-month Uganda Nutrition Fellowship program. Each Fellow was placed in a host organization where their daily work brought them experience and included mentoring on a range of nutrition topics. They attended multi-day retreats, where they developed leadership and management skills, and professional development workshops, where they participated in interactive-learning sessions and team-building activities.

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CORE Group’s 2017 Global Health Practitioner Conference

20 April 2017

The focus of the Spring conference was new approaches to social and behavior change (SBC). Mary Packard, FANTA’s Technical Advisor for Social and Behavior Change, presented “Tackling the ‘C’ in NACS.” Lesley Oot, FANTA’s Technical Officer for Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, ran a New Information Circuit, during which participants learned about FANTA’s upcoming Guide to Anthropometry.

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A Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Impact of Dietary Supplementation with Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements on Maternal Health and Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Malawi

17 April 2017

Results from a FANTA study carried out in rural Malawi by partners University of California, Davis and University of Tampere to test the impact of dietary supplementation with lipid-based nutrient supplements on maternal health and pregnancy outcomes, and to examine the associations of maternal nutrition, stress, infection, inflammation and health with pregnancy outcomes are now available.

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Impact Story: Distance Learning Course Closes the Nutrition Knowledge Gap among Nurses in Guatemala’s Western Highlands

11 April 2017

Auxiliary nurses in Guatemala are responsible for providing the bulk of basic health services in the country. Now, an innovative course is increasing opportunities for health facility staff to gain knowledge in essential nutrition actions. This is the first full scale distance learning course on maternal and child nutrition specifically targeting frontline health workers in Guatemala.

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Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Workshops for Food for Peace (FFP) FY16 Awardees

10 April 2017

Since 2008, FANTA has developed and delivered M&E workshops at the start-up of new Food for Peace (FFP) development food security activities. The purpose of the workshops is to convey M&E requirements and to strengthen awardees’ Theories of Change, LogFrames, and Indicator Performance Tracking Tables. For the 2016 fiscal year (FY16), a workshop for new awardees was held in Ethiopia.

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FANTA Guatemala Closeout Event

4 April 2017

FANTA’s Guatemala team held its dissemination event on March 14, 2017, in Guatemala City. The event provided an overview of the nutrition situation in Guatemala and FANTA’s achievements over the past six years. More than 80 individuals from the Government of Guatemala, USAID/ Guatemala, and our partners in civil society, non-governmental organizations, and universities attended.

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Advocacy to Reduce Malnutrition in Zambia: PROFILES and Advocacy Planning Workshops 2017

29 March 2017

FANTA collaborated with the Zambia Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) to facilitate two workshops in February. Both workshops sought to support nutrition advocacy efforts in Zambia. Each workshop included 20–25 multi-sectoral government and non-government participants. 

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