Integrated Programming Reduces Malnutrition, Builds Strong Families and Reinforces Social Cohesion

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Nutrition and Hygiene Project was a six-year (2013-2019), USAID-funded project to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age in the Sikasso Region of Mali. During the final year of activities, the project focused on sustainability by actively engaging across sectors and disseminating project results and lessons learned.

In addition to two learning events in Mali, various learning briefs were published to highlight main activities including integration of nutrition, WASH and agriculture; community approaches and strategies; nutrition sensitive agriculture; village savings and loan associations; WASH efforts; and community health center strengthening.

This Learning Brief focuses on the project’s integrated approach to improving nutrition among pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age. USAID/Projet Nutrition et Hygiène (PNH) was organized around the first 1,000 Days approach1 to support caregivers in the community. The support includes encouraging caregivers to grow and feed their families nutrient-rich foods, improve hygiene practices, and foster health seeking behaviors that address malnutrition in a timely manner.

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