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Standardized Mid-Upper Arm Circumference Cutoffs for Adolescents and Adults

10 July 2017

The results from the second phase of the FANTA-funded MUAC research project conducted by Tufts University are now available. The study analyzed MUAC thresholds for predicting adverse outcomes associated with poor nutritional status for pregnant women and the general adult population. The authors found that MUAC cutoffs in the range of ≤23.0 cm to ≤25.5 cm have the potential to serve as appropriate indicators for low BMI for the general adult population.

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Online “Nutrition-Sensitive Agricultural Programming” Course Helps Bridge the Gap between Nutrition and Agriculture

3 July 2017

Nutrition-Sensitive Agricultural Programming is a unique online course that introduces the fundamentals of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and provides guidelines for program design. Hosted on the Agrilinks and USAID University websites, this USAID-funded course helps development program managers create agriculture programs for smallholder farmers that support good nutrition outcomes.

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Systemic Scale-up of Nutrition Programming in Tanzania: A Report on FANTA Activities from 2010 to 2017

27 June 2017

Focusing on strengthening Tanzania’s multisectoral nutrition governance and scaling up its nutrition assessment, counseling and support (NACS), between 2010 and 2017, FANTA worked with the Government of Tanzania, PEPFAR implementing partners, and local government authorities to improve service delivery at health facility and community levels. Read the report and learn about FANTA’s achievements, challenges, and recommendations.

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Tanzania NACS Training Manual for Community Care Providers in Kiswahili

19 June 2017

FANTA worked with the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre and PEPFAR Implementing Partners to develop a NACS training manual, comprising a Facilitator’s Guide and Participant Handouts. Written in Kiswahili for community care providers, the manual was used to train trainers working with the USAID/Tanzania’s flagship orphans and vulnerable children project, Pamoja Tuwalee (“Together We Care”).

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Reducing Malnutrition in Tanzania: Estimates to Support Nutrition Advocacy, Tanzania PROFILES 2014

9 June 2017

How would Tanzania benefit from improved nutrition between 2014 and 2025? FANTA facilitated a multi-stakeholder PROFILES process with the Tanzania Prime Minister’s Office, Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre, and other stakeholders to estimate the impact of improved nutrition. Results showed that high coverage of effective nutrition interventions would save 120,633 children from stunting-related deaths and gain US$39 billion in economic productivity.

Helping Children Recover from Malnutrition in Nampula Province

2 June 2017

Parents and caregivers in developing countries often face barriers that prevent their malnourished children from getting the care they need, including challenges related to logistics, cost, and social norms. In Mozambique’s Nampula Province, one malnourished child’s path to recovery—with support from FANTA and the local hospital—highlights the importance of addressing these barriers.

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Video: Why Is It Important to Prevent Early Childhood Malnutrition?

31 May 2017

Improved nutrition during a child’s first 1,000 days can prevent stunting and malnutrition. See the new video where Kavita Sethuraman, FANTA’s Senior Advisor, Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, explains how.

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Malawi Updates Its Guidelines for Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition and National Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Operational Plan for 2017–2021

26 May 2017

To standardise and improve the quality of CMAM service delivery in Malawi, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) worked with FANTA, UNICEF, and WHO to update its Guidelines for Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition as well as its 5-year National Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Operational Plan.

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FANTA Project Year 5 Annual Report Highlights

19 May 2017

From October 2015 to September 2016, FANTA worked in 20 countries to address the complex and multi-sectoral barriers to food and nutrition security faced by millions of people. We strengthened the capacity of over 3,300 health care professionals, developed 46 tools to support nutrition programs, and helped develop 16 global- and national-level nutrition policies. In addition, our research was published in several high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

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Uganda Action for Nutrition (UGAN) Inter-Universities Youth Symposium on Nutrition

12 May 2017

UGAN and FANTA hosted the UGAN Inter-Universities Youth Symposium on Nutrition on May 11 and 12, 2017. Over 100 university students pursuing degrees in nutrition and dietetics, along with a select group of nutrition experts, gathered to discuss pressing topics in nutrition.


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