SPRING/Bangladesh: Mobilizing Communities for Improved Nutrition
This closing workshop was an opportunity to take stock of SPRING/Bangladesh's accomplishments and lessons learned and to disseminate findings from the project's research. The honorable Line Director of the National Nutrition Services and Director of the Institute of Public Health Nutrition, Dr. A.B.M. Muzharul Islam; the honorable Line Director of Community Based Health Care, Dr. Md. Yousuf; the Acting Director of USAID's Office of Population, Health, Nutrition and Education, Ms. Miranda Beckman; and the Director of Country Initiatives for the SPRING project in Washington, DC, Dr. Altrena Mukuria, attended as special guests. After the main event, SPRING launched the new Farmer Nutrition School toolkit.
Aaron Hawkins, SPRING/Bangladesh’s Chief of Party, stated that "We have been working since 2012 to help support efforts that have mobilized communities for better nutrition. We have been so pleased to see dramatic improvements in food and nutrition security during that time. Women are more empowered, communities are eating better, more nutritious food, and frontline government staff are better equipped to provide quality nutrition services."
SPRING has been working in Bangladesh since 2012 and has worked closely with the Government of Bangladesh and, in particular, frontline staff. The overall goal of the program was to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age along Bangladesh's coastal belt, focusing on poor, rural households.