SPRING’s work in Nigeria aims to reduce maternal and child undernutrition and improve HIV-free survival of infants and young children. Working within the context of HIV and AIDS, SPRING is improving the national, social, and policy environments as they relate to priority nutrition practices and services, while also improving access to nutrition information, counseling services, and other programming efforts to prevent undernutrition.
The current SPRING/Nigeria approach is focused on the roll-out of community and facility infant and young child feeding (IYCF) training packages and complementary social and behavior change communication approaches, working at the national level to strengthen nutrition coordination and policy effors, and jointly evaluating the community IYCF package with UNICEF to assess its effectiveness in improving IYCF behaviors in an environment supportive of its design, management, technical assistance, and monitoring when adapted for local context and implemented at scale.
SPRING's main partners include the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Women’s Affairs, at both state and federal levels, the State Committee on Food and Nutrition, and the National Primary Care Development Agency. SPRING also works closely with USAID implementing partners under the Umbrella Grant Mechanism (STEER and SMILE) and Local Partners for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (ARFH, HIFASS, and WEWE), as well as other projects and organizations through the Nutrition Partners’ Forum and its subcommittee, the National IYCF Technical Working Group.