Maternal Newborn Child Health - Nutrition Quality Improvement Tools

Date of Publication
2016

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 adeterminants 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.

Suaahara was implemented by a consortium of partner organizations led by Save the Children. 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.

Suaahara helped to developp these tools, which cover:

  • Pregnancy focused care
  • Post-delivery care
  • Healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy and family planning
  • Growth monitoring
  • Sick infant care and child care up to 2 months period
  • Sick infant care
  • Child care from 2 months to 5 years

This MNCH QI-Tools was distributed to all health facility staff members.