Improving Child Nutrition? The Integrated Child Development Services in India

Levels of child malnutrition in India have fallen only slowly during the 1990s, despite significant economic growth and considerable expenditure on the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme, of which the major component is supplementary feeding for malnourished children. To begin to unravel this puzzle, this article assesses the programme’s placement and its outcomes, using… Read more




Nutrition Scorecard Launch: Driving Accountability and Future Commitments

ACTION global health advocacy partnership have launched their Nutrition Donor Scorecards, an accountability tool for tracking donor’s Nutrition for Growth Commitments. Until recently nutrition has been relegated to the sidelines of development planning only taking center stage at times of acute humanitarian crises. Yet with undernutrition behind 45% of all preventable child deaths worldwide this… Read more




Health and nutrition drivers in urban areas

On average, urban health levels are better than those in rural areas. However, averages can be misleading: once the data are disaggregated, it is clear that the urban poor face health risks often as high as and sometimes worse than those of rural residents, despite the proximity of modern health services (UNFPA, 2012). This report… Read more




What are the barriers to attendance to the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) and how can these be reduced?

Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) was launched in Nigeria in 2009 as a bi-annual campaign-style programme designed to deliver key child and maternal health interventions and to revitalise health care systems. Support to strengthen this programme, in the five northern Nigerian States of Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Zamfara and Yobe, is being provided by… Read more




Report on phase 1 of the spatial mapping of nutrition programming project

This report provides output for Phase 1 of DFID’s spatial mapping of nutrition programming project. The overall project comprises two discrete phases and aims to better understand if and how spatial analysis can help to coordinate and co-locate nutrition relevant programmes. The rationale for the project is based on the recognition that cross-sector actions are essential… Read more




Sindh Province Report: Nutrition Political Economy, Pakistan

In the Sindh Province of Pakistan, under-nutrition remains a recognized health problem and plays a substantial role in the region’s elevated maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates. Forty per cent of children are underweight and 73% of children and 62% of pregnant women are anaemic. In this report a nutrition governance framework was applied… Read more




Punjab Province Report: Nutrition Political Economy, Pakistan

In the Punjab Province of Pakistan, under-nutrition remains a recognized health problem and plays a substantial role in the region’s elevated maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates. Although Punjab as a whole has marginally less under-nutrition than other provinces, there are large disparities within the province. In this report a nutrition governance framework was… Read more




Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province Report: Nutrition Political Economy, Pakistan

In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province of Pakistan, under-nutrition remains a recognized health problem and plays a substantial role in the region’s elevated maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates. Forty-eight per cent of children have stunted growth 68.5% of children and 76.2% of pregnant women have vitamin A deficiency. In this report a nutrition… Read more




Baluchistan Province Report: Nutrition Political Economy, Pakistan

In the Baluchistan Province of Pakistan, under-nutrition remains a recognized health problem and plays a substantial role in the region’s elevated maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates. Fifty-two per cent of children have stunted growth, 73.5% of children and 60.7% of pregnant women have vitamin A deficiency. In this report a nutrition governance framework… Read more




Gender and food security: towards gender-just food and nutrition security

There is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone, but the number of people who do not have enough to eat remains unacceptably high, with disproportionate impacts on women and girls. Reversing this shocking trend must be a top priority for governments and international institutions and responses must treat food insecurity as… Read more




Reframing Undernutrition: Faecally-Transmitted Infections and the 5 As

The dominant nutrition discourse concerns access to adequate food and its quality. It now includes food security, food rights and justice, governance and agriculture. Despite many initiatives to assure food access, and growing economies, high levels of undernutrition persist in much of Asia. It is increasingly suggested that much of this ‘Asian enigma’ can now… Read more




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