SPRING’s work in Nepal focuses on nutrition systems and district-level anemia prevention and control. SPRING's "Pathways to Better Nutrition" (PBN) Case Study looks prospectively at the Government of Nepal’s implementation of their Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP). The study, supported by the National Planning Commission of Nepal and its nutrition secretariat, followed key national nutrition stakeholder organizations from June 2014 to November 2015, collecting data on how the MSNP affected planning, prioritization, and funding for nutrition. We also conducted key informant interviews in Accham, Kapilvastu, and Parsa districts to give researchers a better idea of how the MSNP is rolling out in priority areas.
The SPRING-developed District Assessment Tool for Anemia (DATA) is designed to assist countries in strengthening multi-sectoral anemia programming at the district level, engaging district managers to determine the main factors that cause anemia and to prioritize anemia-related interventions in their context. In Nepal, SPRING has partnered with the National Nutrition Food Security Secretariat, National Planning Commission, UNICEF, and others to assess applicability of the DATA. We will help implement the final tool along with a customized facilitation guide through workshops in two districts, after which we envision that DATA will facilitate the planning and monitoring process of anemia activities in Nepal.