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Integrating and Strengthening Nutrition in Agriculture and Maternal and Child Health Programs in Guatemala: A Report on FANTA Activities from 2011 to 2017

3 November 2017

Engaging the Government of Guatemala and partners in multisectoral efforts to integrate and strengthen nutrition in health and agriculture interventions, particularly those targeting women and children in the Western Highlands, FANTA has supported efforts to prevent stunting in Guatemala. This new report (available in English and Spanish) showcases our work in 2011–2017 to improve nutrition in Guatemala.

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Zambia Job Aids for Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support

3 November 2017

FANTA helped develop job aids for health workers in Zambia to support integration of nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) into health services for people living with HIV. The job aids cover prevention and management of malnutrition, specialized food products used to treat malnutrition, measurements for children and adults, and other topics.

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Impact Story: Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity for New Food for Peace Awardees

2 November 2017

Regular monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are vital to the success of the USAID Office of Food for Peace Development Food Security Activities (FFP DFSA). Read about how FANTA developed and supported in-country workshops to equip FFP DFSA awardees to conduct rigorous M&E and help ensure effectiveness and accountability of their activities.  

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Nutrition Costing and Advocacy in Guatemala

30 October 2017

FANTA and the Government of Guatemala worked with stakeholders to develop evidence-based estimates for nutrition advocacy using PROFILES and to determine the cost of scaling up nutrition interventions to address the country’s high level of childhood chronic malnutrition. We also worked with stakeholders to develop a National Nutrition Advocacy plan, endorsed by the Guatemala Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SESAN), and supporting nutrition advocacy materials. 

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New Resources Support Nutrition Advocacy in Zambia

24 October 2017

To support the Government of Zambia’s nutrition advocacy efforts, FANTA led a multi-stakeholder and multisectoral collaborative process that generated estimates of the potential benefits of improving malnutrition, a national nutrition advocacy plan, and advocacy briefs to help various sectors support nutrition.

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Impact Story: Eye-Tracking Method Shows Promise in Evaluating Infants’ Cognitive Functioning in Rural Malawi

19 October 2017

A study by FANTA partner University of Tampere, in collaboration with the University of Malawi College of Medicine, showed that an eye-tracking method to study infant cognition is feasible and acceptable in rural Malawi. The method could advance nutrition research by allowing critical aspects of healthy growth in children in low-income countries to be compared to the most up-to-date knowledge on healthy child development. 

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Event Highlights FANTA Efforts to Strengthen NACS Integration in Zambia

16 October 2017

FANTA event in Lusaka highlights the project’s successes, challenges, lessons, and recommendations for integrating nutrition assessment, counseling, and support into Zambia’s health services. 

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Indonesia Minimum Service Standards for Nutrition: Technical Briefs for District Health Administrators and Governors and Heads of Districts

13 October 2017

Indonesia’s updated Minimum Service Standards (MSS) at the district level define health services that must be provided to its citizens. FANTA has produced two technical briefs to orient district health administrators (DHAs) and heads of districts and governors (who oversee DHAs) on why nutrition is important to achieve the MSS district health indicators. The briefs also provide guidance on nutrition interventions needed to improve health and nutrition outcomes and achieve the MSS district health indicators.

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Success Story: Improving Regional Capacity for Sustainable NACS Services in Ethiopia

11 October 2017

FANTA leverages in-country resources to help regional health bureaus incorporate nutrition assessment, counseling, and support into routine HIV services to ensure quality and promote sustainability.

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Uganda Health Management Information System for Nutrition (HMIS) Training Package

10 October 2017

FANTA has developed a training package to build the capacity of health services providers responsible for collecting and reporting nutrition data in Uganda. The training material covers nutrition data elements in the Health Management Information System (HMIS), and provides tools and approaches for ensuring ensuring quality data collection and reporting at district, health sub-district, health facility, and central/national levels.

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