SPRING’s work in Bangladesh centers around the use of the 1,000 days approach across different sectors, including health and agriculture, to facilitate social and behavior change with the goal of preventing stunting in young children.
Bangladesh has among the highest prevalence of undernutrition in the world. Nearly 50% of children under the age of 5 and three out of every ten women of childbearing age suffer from undernutrition. Regardless of socio-economic status, millions of children and women in Bangladesh suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition, including low birth weight, wasting, stunting, vitamin A deficiency, iodine deficiency or iron deficiency anemia. According to 2011 DHS data, Bangladesh has a 41% stunting rate for childrenRead More
SPRING activities are focused on promoting essential nutrition and hygiene actions (ENHA) and the consumption of nutritious and diverse diets for pregnant and lactating women and children under two. SPRING currently works in 40 upazilas, or sub-divisions, in the USAID Feed the Future zones of influence of Barisal and Khulna with plans to expand within these same divisions. Current work involves training health and agricultural workers within the GOB and other NGOs to reach communities and individuals with carefully targeted information on breastfeeding, complementary feeding and other ENHA. SPRING also establishes community-based farmer field schools to increase nutrition and hygiene knowledge and homestead vegetable, fruit, and animal-source food production and consumption for households with pregnant and lactating women and children under two.
SPRING's main partners include the Directorate General of Health Services, Directorate General of Family Planning, National Nutrition Services, Revitalization of Community Clinic Health Care Initiatives in Bangladesh, Department of Agriculture Extension, Agricultural Information Services, and the USAID-funded WorldFish, the Horticulture Project as well as other non-USAID-funded projects, such as Alive & Thrive, Regional Fisheries and Livestock Development Component and The Hunger Project.
Since May 2012, SPRING has trained almost 6,500 supervisory health workers, community peer facilitators, agricultural extension workers, and frontline health workers on EHNA reaching almost 110,000 pregnant women and mothers. SPRING has also established community-based farmer field schools to increase homestead vegetable, fruit and animal-source food production and consumption. SPRING has also supported over 29,000 pregnant and lactating women and caregivers of children under two to establish and maintain vegetable and fruit home gardens and rear poultry for consumption and sustenance.