Optimizing Local Diets through Households and Market Pathways to Improve Nutrition for Women and Children

This guide is for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) Implementing Partners (IPs) and is intended for use by a multi-disciplinary RFSA team. RFSAs typically include a food assistance resource transfer component, a key benefit of which is to support age-appropriate complementary feeding of children 6–23 months of age and improve women’s or household dietary diversity. However, to sustain these benefits in the long term, RFSAs often look to transition to using local alternatives. This guide aims to support RFSA IPs’ transition from providing resource transfers to using locally available, accessible, and affordable alternatives to sustain nutrition outcomes for women and children under age two. It provides resources, workbooks, templates, and tools with instructions on how to optimize the use of local foods to improve women and children’s nutrition and dietary diversity in a given program area.

Last modified: February 9, 2024

Language: English

Source: USAID Advancing Nutrition

Year of Publication: 2023

WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal experience

This guideline aims to improve the quality of essential, routine postnatal care for women and newborns with the ultimate goal of improving maternal and newborn health and well-being. It recognizes a “positive postnatal experience” as a significant end point for all women giving birth and their newborns, laying the platform for improved short- and long-term health and well-being. A positive postnatal experience is defined as one in which women, newborns, partners, parents, caregivers and families receive information, reassurance and support in a consistent manner from motivated health workers; where a resourced and flexible health system recognizes the needs of women and babies, and respects their cultural context.

This is a consolidated guideline of new and existing recommendations on routine postnatal care for women and newborns receiving facility- or community-based postnatal care in any resource setting.

Last modified: February 5, 2024

Language: English

Source: World Health Organization

Year of Publication: 2022

Defining Social and Behavior Change Competencies for Multi-Sectoral Nutrition: A List for Assessing, Developing, and Evaluating Staff Skills

This tool identifies 52 social and behavior change competencies—knowledge, skills, and attitudes—that project staff must demonstrate to design, implement, and evaluate the SBC components of multi-sectoral nutrition programs. It seeks to help program managers define the competencies most relevant to their activities and identify skill gaps across their project teams, and then use those competencies to guide hiring decisions, identify areas for capacity strengthening, and track changes in performance over time.

Last modified: December 29, 2023

Language: English, French

Source: USAID Advancing Nutrition

Year of Publication: 2020

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (SOP) for Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Call Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has different effects on the health, education, and economic situation in the whole world. Bangladesh is also facing similar challenges including anxiety, fear, stress, etc. making the situation more complex. Health workers, who support active management of COVID-19, patients as well as those involved in preventing the spread of the disease, are also facing tremendous psychological trauma. Under this circumstance, having a uniform support mechanism for the Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) call service providers (helpline, call centers, telepsychology centers), in this Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is helpful.

The objective of the validated SOP is to have a standardized service mechanism/protocol for MHPSS call center support providers throughout the country.

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: December 20, 2022

Hulu Beteina Health Bazaars A Guide to Organizing a Hulu Beteina Health Bazaar in Schools

Hulu Beteina Health Bazaars are 2-4 hour long events designed to create opportunities for community members to learn relevant health information and access health services. The events are organized around selected schools in a community. Hulu Beteina Health Bazaars are designed to be slightly different from a typical community health fair.

The activities include fair/ carnival-like events designed to be family-friendly and open to all community members. The events are conducted in schools and serve to bring attention to health topics and services available to members of the community. Ideally, the Hulu Beteina Health Bazaars would coincide with already ongoing health days in communities where such events already exist.

The guide also includes annexes such as a sample of a detailed agenda, a materials checklist, talking points for the events speeches, and a message guide for the drama skit and gender activity. Remember that these are samples to help school coordinators and community organizers get started. The samples can and should be adapted by the organizers and communities to suit local needs.

Source: Communication for Health Ethiopia

Date of Publication: July 19, 2021

Suaahara Nepal Project

Suaahara was an integrated nutrition project (2011-2016) that worked in 41 underserved districts in Nepal to improve the health and well-being of the Nepali people by focusing on the nutritional status of women and children under the age of two years. CCP partnered with Save the Children; Helen Keller International; Jhpiego; Nepali Technical Assistance Group; Nepal Water for Health; and the Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Service.

Suaahara means good nutrition, or “a good balanced diet is the strong foundation protecting our lives.” As part of the implementing team, CCP supported strategic social and behavior change communication initiatives that build on this message and model behavior change to lead to improved maternal, infant and child nutrition.

In close coordination with Nepal government, the team created Bhanchhin Aama (Mother knows best), which served as the basis for a campaign for mass and community media. Bhanchhin Aama is a trusted, knowledgeable friendly mother-in-law character who models and promotes positive behavior change.

Project products included:

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: June 29, 2021

HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Visions, Voices, and Priorities of Young People Living with and Most Affected by HIV

Link Up is a five-country project to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of one million young people most affected by HIV in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda. It is designed to strengthen the integration of HIV and SRHR programs and service delivery, focusing specifically on young men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs, transgender people, and young women and men living with HIV.

The following prioriites are outlined, along with guidelines for implementing each:

1. Provide quality sexual and reproductive health services from ethical and well-trained health service providers tailored to the needs, rights, and desires of young people—especially those living with and most affected by HIV

2. Protect, respect, and promote young people’s sexual and reproductive rights, including their right to love and be loved safely and freely

3. Ensure full access to age-appropriate information and education on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights, including on sexual orientation and gender identity

4. Promote gender equality and address gender-based violence, including sexual violence, in all its forms, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

5. Meaningfully engage young people, in all their diversity, in all decision-making that affects their lives

Source: International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Date of Publication: January 21, 2021

Tips for Professional Reporting on COVID-19 Vaccines

Journalists play a vital role in informing the public on science, specifically vaccine, developments, in an unprecedented period of scientific publishing.

The situation is constantly evolving but there are some general guidelines that should be followed whenever possible:

  • Don’t just report the topline
  • Don’t trust data automatically
  • Use trusted and reliable sources
  • State the source
  • Define the terms
  • Use clear language
  • Explain the stage
  • Report the numbers
  • Disclose the side effects
  • Use appropriate imagery
  • Don’t forget demographics
  • Remind everyone of the benefits of vaccines

Tackle vaccine hesitancy by reporting facts and figures on vaccine efficacy in ending epidemics throughout history.

Source: World Health Organization

Date of Publication: December 18, 2020