FANTA and the International Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements (iLiNS) Project hosted a technical meeting to bring program implementers and researchers together to take stock of the lessons learned from operationalizing Small Quantity Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements (SQ-LNS) in a programmatic setting. The meeting was held October 14–16, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Meeting objectives included:
- Share the efficacy and effectiveness evidence available on the use of SQ-LNS for the prevention of malnutrition
- Discuss and summarize experiences on key operational topics in the use of SQ-LNS for the prevention of undernutrition in women and children, including challenges and lessons learned
- Outline the key operational conditions needed to consider rolling-out programs using SQ-LNS
- Identify an implementation research agenda
The main operational and programmatic issues discussed included the use of SQ-LNS by the target populations, Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) related to SQ-LNS, the economics of SQ-LNS, and logistics of SQ-LNS, such as registration, importation/production, storage, distribution, supervision, and training.