Suaahara Technical Briefs

Source
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/ Center for Communication Programs

Suaahara was a five year (2011-2016) project funded by USAID aimed to improve the nutritional status of women and children in 41 districts of Nepal. The project focused on improving health and nutrition behaviors at the household level through promotion of Essential Nutrition and Hygiene Actions (EN/HA), particularly Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), and addressing other determinants of under-nutrition, such as availability of and access to food, hygiene, quality of health care, child spacing and socio-cultural factors including gender and marginalization.

The SBCC strategy established an internal quality materials review and production system to ensure that all partners in the consortium had mutually reinforcing, quality materials developed, pretested, produced and disseminated to the end user.

Technical Briefs (Fact Sheets) developed on 13 thematic subject matters were on the following: 

  1. Early and Exclusive Breastfeeding
  2. Complementray Feeding
  3. Maternal Nutrition
  4. Importance of Diversity in Meals
  5. Animal Source Food
  6. Sick Child Care
  7. Soap Use
  8. Sanitation
  9. Family Planning
  10. Husband’s and Mother-in-Law’s Involvement
  11. Access to Health Care
  12. Women’s Empowerment
  13. Sources of Information

In  2013, these technical briefs were developed, produced and disseminated to the stakeholders and media persons during media advocacy workshop organized in each Suaahara implementing districts through media orientation/interaction.