Start: July 2013
Duration: 5 years
GAIN in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), BRAC, the Social Marketing Company (SMC) and Renata is delivering the Bangladesh Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) Home Fortification Programme Phase 2 funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). With IYCF, GAIN along with partners included appropriate and effective use of home fortification with Micronutrient Powders (MNP 5) to help fill the nutritional gap. The programme particularly focuses on 170 sub-districts (164 sub-districts and 6 urban slums of Dhaka).
Management of partnerships, policy and advocacy, research and surveys.
The programme is geared towards demonstrating impacts, so icddr,b is the key research partner, as well an evaluation partner. An external Policy and Advocacy Evaluation Agency have been appointed as evaluation partner. The programme comprises of three components, as below:
- Enabling environment for home fortification with MNPs as part of the IYCF package of interventions:
This component aims to develop a conducive policy environment and build consensus and evidence among a range of stakeholders. Sub-objectives include:
- building government leadership and buy in on home fortification and MNPs under the overarching IYCF policies and guidelines;
- strengthening policies, guidelines and political support on home fortification and MNPs; and
- aligning and ensuring that key stakeholders and civil society support and demand home fortification as part of optimum IYCF at all levels (national, district and below)
- Improving the delivery channels for Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) to ensure effective coverage through BRAC’s network of frontline health workers: Key activities include
- training and capacity development health workers (Shashthya Shebikas) on IYCF with home fortification:
- women empowerment inclusive of entrepreneurial skills to strengthen the distribution network;
- ensuring adequate utilisation and compliance of MNPs in households; and
- ensuring monitoring/ compliance of MNP 5 usage.
- Behaviour change and demand creation to scale-up home fortification practices and demand for MNPs as part of an optimal IYCF package: Key activities include
- formative research on market trends and consumer behaviour, and
- social and behaviour change communication interventions through various channels (mass media campaign, social mobilisation, amongst others).
In order to implement this program, GAIN has partnered itself with the Government of Bangladesh (Ministry of Health) in order to maximise effectiveness.
- Renata Ltd.
- Social Marketing Company (SMC)
- International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)
- Cambridge Economic Policy Associates (CEPA)
- Government of Bangladesh (Ministry of Health)