News and Events

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Nutrition Society of Malawi

8 March 2018

FANTA provided technical assistance to Malawi’s nutrition stakeholders to establish the Nutrition Society of Malawi, which aims to represent the interests of Malawian nutritionists, and advocate for influence over national and local policy development and equitable access to high-quality, evidence-based, and cost-effective nutrition interventions for the Malawian population. The Nutrition Society received its certificate of incorporation in February 2018.

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Technical Consultation on Global Mid-Upper Arm Circumference Cutoffs to Assess Undernutrition in Adults

28 February 2018

FANTA invited a group of stakeholders and anthropometry experts to meet in Washington, DC, on February 12–13, 2018, to discuss the diagnostic accuracy of using mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) cutoffs for identifying undernutrition in adults. The group agreed that MUAC is an indicator for undernutrition in adults and determined the next steps toward recommending global MUAC cutoffs.

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Gender Consultation for New Food for Peace Development Food Security Activities

24 February 2018

FANTA led a three-day gender consultation in Kampala, Uganda, in January for implementers of new FFP development assistance projects. Participants discussed gender dynamics and theory of change, conducting a gender analysis, and integrating gender analysis findings into project plans.

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Malawi Nutrition Care, Support, and Treatment for Adolescents and Adults: Training Materials for Facility-Based Service Providers

22 February 2018

To support Malawi in implementing the National Guidelines on Nutrition Care, Support, and Treatment (NCST) for Adolescents and Adults, FANTA produced a set of NCST training materials for facility-based health service providers. The training materials include a facilitators guide, a participant’s manual comprising of six training modules, an instructional PowerPoint, and reference material.

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Malawi’s National Guidelines on Nutrition Care, Support, and Treatment for Adolescents and Adults, Second Edition

21 February 2018

With support from FANTA and partners, Malawi has updated its national guidelines on nutrition care, support, and treatment to include new international guidance on nutrition. The 2017 update aligns with Malawi’s 2016 guidelines for community-based management of acute malnutrition and the third edition of the guidelines for clinical management of HIV in children and adults.

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Webinar: Nutrition as the Entry Point to Strengthening Health Systems

15 February 2018

Presenters discussed FANTA’s experience in quality improvement, coaching, and technical assistance, in strengthening the health workforce and improving nutrition service delivery and health management information systems in Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi, and Mozambique. Webinar recording and slides are now available. 

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Harnessing the Power of Film to Ignite Nutrition Social and Behavior Change: An Interview with Filmmaker John Riber

12 February 2018

FANTA interviewed John Riber, founder and director of Media for Development International (MFDI), about the power of film to promote social and behavior change, drawing on his vast filmmaking experience, including as executive producer of the FANTA co-produced Tanzanian Swahili film Ngoma ya Roho (Dance of the Soul).

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Malawi Training Courses on Inpatient Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition

7 February 2018

Two new training courses on SAM cover all aspects of inpatient care for children in Malawi. The course for clinicians and nurses stresses clinical practice in hospitals. The  course for home-craft workers equips them to better assist clinicians and nurses. Both training courses provide guidance on Malawi’s National Guidelines for the Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition via training modules, facilitator guides, and reference materials.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop for USAID Food for Peace FY18 Awardees

1 February 2018

FANTA and FFP held a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) workshop in Kampala, Uganda, January 22–25, 2018, for new Food for Peace (FFP) development food security activity (DFSA) awardees. Staff from Catholic Relief Services and Mercy Corps, and their subgrantees, were apprised of FFP M&E approaches and requirements and received technical assistance to finalize their theories of change and LogFrames to strengthen DFSA effectiveness.

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Effectiveness of Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements in Bangladesh

17 January 2018

Micronutrient powders (MNPs) are the most common type of home fortification for preventing maternal and child undernutrition. A newer approach is to provide micronutrients and some key macronutrients, including essential fatty acids, through lipid-based nutrient supplements (LNS). This study compares the anthropometric outcomes, including growth through 24 months; developmental outcomes at 24 months; and micronutrient status at 18 months of each approach. 


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