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Success Stories

Hajiya Abdullahi talks with infant and young child feeding support group members in Toto, Nigeria.

In May 2015, Hajiya Abdullahi, an orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) desk officer at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Toto LGA attended a training on infant and...

SPRING Nutrition Coordinator Grace Essien visits a household vegetable garden in Ebom, Nigeria, where residents believed they could not grow their own food.

After attending a training on optimal infant and young child feeding in September 2015, community volunteer Janet Nkanu was determined to help families in Ebom, Nigeria increase their...

Nigeria's Nutrition-Savvy Dads

A farmer, David Kershima lives in Mbaiam community in Benue State. He and his wife joined a community-based infant and young child feeding (C-IYCF) support group in June 2014, when his wife...

Putting Training into Practice for Better Infant and Young Child Nutrition in Nigeria

Mary Ohamije, a community volunteer in Eror, a remote area of Nigeria, attended a three-day training on the value of C-IYCF. As a result of the training, she and her husband continue to...

Infant in a blanket

At birth, Nyepesi lost her mother to HIV. She was left in the care of her grandmother, Maza Akaba, who lives in Ichecheni community, 10 kilometers from Nyepesi’s home in Lafia, Nigeria. No...

Community members learn about the importance of proper infant and young child feeding practices, Utagban community, Edo state.

Recognizing the need for better feeding practices in Utagban, two USAID-funded projects are collaborating to provide nutrition training in the community.SPRING used UNICEF and World Health...

Women attending a training session

SPRING/Nigeria collaborated with Nigeria’s Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), and the USAID-funded STEER project to roll out the community infant and young child...

Photo of Priscilla counseling a group of pregnant and lactating mothers

Priscilla received a five-day training on infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices, intended to create a cadre of coaches at the local government area level. The community-based IYCF...

Photo of Fatimah, Baby Aisha, and Nuru

As part of SPRING’s work in Nigeria, the project aims to reduce maternal and child undernutrition and improve HIV-free survival of infants and young children. In particular, SPRING/Nigeria...

Job Aids and Tools

Community Volunteers complete a simple register at the end of each support group meeting

In 2014, SPRING embarked on a collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) of Nigeria, to evaluate the Community Infant and Young...

A support group session

This two-page job aid helps community volunteers in Nigeria conduct community infant and young child feeding (C-IYCF) support groups after they receive their training on IYCF.


A caregiver sharing her experience on how she successfully exclusively breastfed her twins.

World Breastfeeding Week 2016 was celebrated in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria with a press briefing event that brought together representatives from different media outfits,...

Children aged 6-11 play a game voting with their feet whether snacks are healthy or unhealthy during concept testing for nutrition and hygiene activities included in a training package geared towards OVCs.

Having trained more than 2,400 people on IYCF with SPRING support, our partners wanted to reach beyond the first 1,000 days from conception to age 2 to address the nutritional needs of...

Mr. Adams George Ango (Kajuru LGA Nutrition Focal Person), Sascha Lamstein (SPRING Co-Principal Investigator), a C-IYCF Community Volunteer for Idon ward, Dr. Florence Oni (UNICEF/Kaduna Nutrition Specialist), and Rafael Perez-Escamilla (SPRING consultant, Principal Investigator).

SPRING traveled to Kajuru LGA, Kaduna State, to conduct a mid-process assessment of the implementation of the Community Infant and Young Child Feeding (C-IYCF) counseling package in Nigeria...

One-on-one counseling session, coaches-level training, Jos, Plateau state. 2015

A pictorial review of SPRING's work in Nigeria over three years of implementation.

IYCF counseling in Jos

Through 20 training courses, SPRING/Nigeria built the capacity of USAID OVC staff to deliver IYCF best practices.

Market women dancing at Kuje Market

SPRING/Nigeria celebrated World Breastfeeding Week in Abuja, traveling to various markets around the city and distributing English and Hausa flyers on infant and young child feeding to...

Keywords: Breastfeeding
Location: Nigeria
Participants during one-on-one counseling training

In early and late May, 2014, SPRING conducted two five-day IYCF trainings.


A caregiver sharing her experience on how she successfully exclusively breastfed her twins.

SPRING collaborated with the FCT Primary Health Care Development Board to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week with a press briefing.

SPRING’s Study Coordinator, Ms. Susan Adeyemi interviews a Community Volunteer from Kasuwan Magani Ward.

Drs. Pérez-Escamilla and Lamstein recently conducted a mid-process assessment of implementation of the C-IYCF Counseling Package in Kajuru LGA, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

MSN-GLEE banner

Multi-Sectoral Global Learning and Evidence Exchange, West Africa shares research and experience in multi-sectoral nutrition programming.

Annual report infographic 2015

At the close of the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project’s fourth year of implementation, the project continued to reach a growing...

Project Improves Nigerian Capacity to Deliver Infant and Young Child Feeding Messages

Through 20 training courses, SPRING/Nigeria built the capacity of PEPFAR-funded NGOs and CSOs who work with orphans and vulnerable children.

Location: Nigeria
Marching through the street to promote breastfeeding

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health and collaborating organizations celebrated World Breastfeeding Week from August 1-7, 2014.

Location: Nigeria


 Adolescent girls aged 12-17 review illustrations conveying information on dietary diversity during concept testing for nutrition and hygiene activities included in a training package geared towards OVCs.

SPRING partners with civil society volunteers to test key nutrition counseling concepts among orphans and other vulnerable children.


World Breastfeeding Week 2016 Facts - Infant and Young Child Feeding in Nigeria

In 2015, 270 SPRING/Nigeria support groups helped mothers improve infant and young child feeding practices.

Location: Nigeria
Nigeria Country Achievements, Project Year 5, October 2015 to March 2016

This infographic shows SPRING/Nigeria's continued growth in reach and impact during the first half of project year 5 (FY 2016).

Location: Nigeria
SPRING 2015 Overview - Nigeria

In Nigeria, SPRING continued to support orphans and other vulnerable children, helping USAID-funded projects and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to integrate infant and young...

Location: Nigeria


Photo of a kid holding a soccer ball

This report is intended to provoke discussion and catalyze change among existing nutrition and OVC institutions, decision-makers, practitioners, and influencers. Since USAID has included...


A Rapid Initial Assessment of the Distribution and Consumption of Iron-Folic Acid Tablets through Antenatal Care in Nigeria

25% of the world's population suffers from anemia. SPRING has a method for making a rapid, initial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the distribution and consumption of IFA...

Location: Nigeria


Resource Review Summaries

The Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Project produced diagnostics of the extension systems in Bangladesh and Nigeria. These analyses take a critical and constructive approach to...

Keywords: Agriculture
Location: Bangladesh, Nigeria

The Sokoto and Keppi States’ Ministry of Health hosted a workshop to promote Iron Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation as a protective measure against anemia for pregnant women and women of...

Keywords: Anemia, Supplementation
Location: Nigeria

Organizations that link the public and private sectors can benefit individual patients and health systems. These "intermediary" organizations have the ability to perform key health systems...

Location: Nigeria

This webinar highlighted the importance of an integrated nutrition-sensitive social protection system. Field examples are from Bangladesh, Zambia, Myanmar, and Nigeria.

Drawing on nationally representative data from Nigeria’s 2010-2011 General Household Survey Panel, the authors suggest that a 10 percent increase in agricultural productivity decreases the...

Location: Nigeria

This report presents new data measuring the gender gap in various aspects of agriculture in Africa. A particular focus on six countries— Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and...

A collaborative report that identifies factors responsible for low-productivity among female-managed farms in Africa, with a particular focus on Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania,...

This study, which investigated consumption patterns of leafy vegetables in Nigeria, showed low levels of intake. ‘Ugwu’ was most preferred over other vegetables, including celosia,...

Location: Nigeria