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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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Launch of the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Nutrition

26 June 2017

Launched on June 20, 2017, the PFN is a platform for the Uganda Parliament and development partners to raise awareness about the country’s nutrition priorities and discuss issues of resource prioritization and allocation. FANTA and USAID’s Advocacy for Better Health (ABH), in collaboration with the Ugandan government and other partners, were central to establishing the Forum. 

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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”).

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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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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Assessing the Feasibility and Validity of Using Eye Tracking to Study Infants’ Cognitive Function in Rural Malawi

8 May 2017

FANTA partners carried out a field test with 9-month-old infants in rural Malawi to assess the feasibility of using a non-invasive, eye-tracking-based method to assess infant cognitive function in a low-income setting. The method was found to be feasible. A follow-up study showed few associations between eye- tracking-based assessment of visual and cognitive function at 9 months and non-specific risk markers for early child development.

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Implementation Science: Translating Nutrition Research into Practice

1 May 2017

FANTA draws on implementation science to translate research and experience into evidence-based guidance and practice for nutrition programming. FANTA and its partners have conducted or are conducting implementation-related research in a range of areas, including growth monitoring and promotion programs; lipid-based nutrient supplements; and nutrition assessment, counseling, and support services.

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Workshop on Cutting-Edge Tools for Advocacy and Decision Making in Nutrition Programs

28 April 2017

Hosted by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, at the New York Academy of Science and the Micronutrient Forum in New York City April 27–28, 2017, the workshop focused on supporting the adoption and utilization of three types of tools. Kavita Sethuraman and Monica Woldt represented FANTA at the workshop. Kavita presented on PROFILES and activity-based costing, and Monica was a member of a facilitated panel discussion, “Perspectives from policy makers and implementers.”


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