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Amuru Nutrition Improvement Project (ANIP)

Amuru Nutrition Improvement (ANIP) multi-year nutrition specific and sensitive project implemented by PACHEDO in the Pabbo sub-county, Amuru district with a funding from Eleanor Crook Foundation, a leading American food security and nutrition specialized philanthropy was able to provide

The overall project goal is to contribute to improved maternal child health and nutrition in the Amuru District, with a Strategic Objective of reduced stunting levels in children under two years in Pabbo sub-county. All households with pregnant women, lactating mothers and children below two years of age are targeted with a total of 15,587 beneficiaries consisting of 10,581 females and 5,006 males, and indirectly 54,733 beneficiaries consisting of 27,367 females and 27,367 males. Specifically, targeting approximately 5,600 (exact figure is 5,575 but rounded upwards) households, 1,651 7 pregnant women, 3,924 lactating mothers, 4,005 children 0-23 months and 560 Care Group Volunteers. Given the malnutrition in Amuru district where 39.1% of children below five years of age are stunted, 64% exclusively breastfed, only 24% and 34% of children 6-23 months of age meet the criteria for minimum meal frequency and minimum dietary diversity respectively. Also, nearly half (34%) of the total disease burden (75.1%) among children below five years of age in Amuru District is due to diarrhea and only 37.1% of those with diarrhea receive increased fluids. The project focused on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, the critical window of opportunity when efforts to prevent malnutrition can yield the greatest impact.

The project utilized strategies such as enhancing technical capacity of Care Groups to provide nutrition services, increased utilization of Essential Nutrition Actions and caregiving practices, and improved linkages and referrals to nutrition services. The Care Group model approach was adopted for Behavior Change Communication activities using 560 Care Group Volunteers each reaching 10 Neighbor Women Households with ENAs and WASH messages. With key activities including: training of Care Groups on ENAs and caregiving practices, community dialogues with cultural and religious leaders, home visits, referrals and follow ups.