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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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Randomized Controlled Trial of the Impact of Treating Moderately Malnourished Women in Pregnancy

23 March 2017

A FANTA study carried out in Malawi by partner Washington University in St. Louis tested the impact of treating moderately malnourished pregnant women with RUSF, CSB+ with a multiple micronutrient tablet, or CSB+ with iron folic acid supplementation. Apart from differences in maternal weight gain during the study and the incidence of underweight among newborns, results across the three treatment arms were similar for most maternal and infant nutrition outcomes.

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Zambian Health Officials Tap into Tanzania’s Experience with NACS Integration during Study Visit

15 March 2017

FANTA supported a visit to Tanzania in November 2016 by a delegation of Zambian national and district health officials to learn from Tanzania’s experience integrating nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) into its health care services. The four-day visit provided the Zambian officials with new ideas for strengthening NACS implementation and integration.

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Effectiveness of a Package of Interventions for Sustaining Nutritional Status among Children Recently Recovered from Moderate Acute Malnutrition

8 March 2017

The results from a FANTA study, conducted by partner Washington University in St. Louis, indicate that an additional package of basic health and nutrition services provided to children upon discharge from a supplementary feeding program for treatment of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) improves the likelihood that recovery from MAM will be sustained.

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Nutrition Costing and Advocacy in Guatemala

28 February 2017

Chronic malnutrition affects almost half of children under 5 in Guatemala, negatively affecting child health and educational attainment, and the country’s development. Greater investment in nutrition services will be imperative to achieve national development objectives. Advocacy briefs and a new Spanish-language video from FANTA and USAID/Guatemala raise awareness about the need for increased funding for nutrition.

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