Sierra Leone

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Photo of a man and woman posing outside with their infant child

The SPRING project began working in Sierra Leone in January 2016 through funding from the USAID Bureau for Food Security (BFS).

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This report identifies challenges and successes of establishing a multi-sectoral anemia platform in Sierra Leone, explores key factors that led to the outcomes, and identifies potential...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Sierra Leone
Cover photo: a woman holding her child sits on a bench talking with a man holding a pen and paper.

SPRING, in collaboration with staff from HKI Sierra Leone, conducted four Barrier Analysis (BA) surveys in fifteen communities across three chiefdoms in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone to...

Cover photo: a mother in Sierra Leone bending down, carrying her infant child on her back as she uses a tippy-tap to wash her hands

The SPRING project, together with Helen Keller International (HKI), recently used Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs), a qualitative research methodology, to design social and behavior...

Healthy food laid out for sale

The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Secretariat requested that the SPRING project provide technical support in conducting a landscape...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Sierra Leone


Photo of toddler boy holding a cup and looking into the camera as his parents watch in the background

Working in 13 countries from 2012 to 2018, the SPRING project supported policy processes across social and behavior change communication (SBCC), anemia prevention, food fortification and...

Two people standing by a fish pool

In 2016, SPRING conducted a number of assessments to inform behavior change strategies in Tonkolili district in support of improvements to child nutrition in the first 1,000 days.

Location: Sierra Leone
Plate of fresh pumpkin, fish, greens, and cucumber

There does not appear to be any refereed journal paper about any aspect of pumpkin growth, processing, marketing or use in Sierra Leone.

Location: Sierra Leone


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SPRING findings helped catalyze efforts of the National Anaemia Working group.

Keywords: Multi-sector, Anemia
Location: Sierra Leone
A graphic representation of a woman cleaning a yard of animal feces, disposing of the feces responsibly, and washing her hands with a tippy tap.

SPRING co-facilitated a session on implementation science with GAIN and the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition at GWU’s Global Health MiniU in September 2017.

Around 30 meeting participants stand on a set of stairs and smile at the camera.

With Sierra Leonean leaders, SPRING participated in the strategy validation meeting to obtain feedback from stakeholders and validate the prioritized actions.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Sierra Leone
A group of artists gathers around the trainer who is demonstrating how to trace an image.

This workshop provided guidance on developing high-quality visuals for partner organizations in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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SPRING led a nutrition sensitive agriculture orientation for consortium organization managers from the EAIN project in Sierra Leone.

DFN representative giving a welcome speech at the learning event

SPRING/Sierra Leone and HKI hosted an event to share findings from a barrier analysis, an adapted value chain analysis of fish and pumpkin consumption, and an assessment on infant feeding...

Sierra Leone Launches Multi-sectoral Anemia Working Group

SPRING attended Sierra Leone’s inaugural meeting of the national anemia working group, a multi-sectoral approach to anemia policy and programs.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Sierra Leone
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Multi-Sectoral Global Learning and Evidence Exchange, West Africa shares research and experience in multi-sectoral nutrition programming.

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SPRING attended the release of Sierra Leone’s micronutrient survey, which found that iron may be only a minor cause of the country's high anemia prevalence.


Cover image of the poster: Eat fine fish for welbodi, featuring images depicting preparing and eating fish.

The poster was pretested in rural communities and finalized for use in local markets to promote the supply of hygienic fish while HKI and the Ministry of Health are actively promoting the...

Keywords: Fish, Maternal nutrition
Location: Sierra Leone
Barriers and Enablers to the Consumption of Pumpkin and Fish in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone

SPRING/Sierra Leone conducted four barrier analysis surveys in 15 communities, across three chiefdoms in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone, to identify “behavioral determinants” that affect...

Developing Effective Messages for Better Nutrition and Hygiene in Tonkolili: The TIPs Method

In May of 2016, SPRING/Sierra Leone conducted TIPs research with 24 selected households in two chiefdoms in the Tonkolili District.

Opportunities for Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chains in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone

This poster was part of a poster session that offered participants the opportunity to spend more time understanding the methodologies and outcomes of three assessments conducted in...

Job Aids and Tools

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These picture-based cards are used to educate members of agribusiness centers and farmer-based organizations on pumpkin production and storage.

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SPRING/Sierra Leone created a set of counselling cards that address key complementary feeding and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) behaviors for the Sierra Leonean context.


National Anemia Profiles

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SPRING has developed a series of 25 National Anemia Profiles, which provide country-specific information on the causes and burden of anemia, the policy environment, and program indicators.

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Sierra Leone


Nutrition and agriculture practitioners rely on formative research to inform program design.

Keywords: Agriculture, Income
Location: Online, Sierra Leone


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At the request of the Sierra Leone government, SPRING supported the establishment of a national anemia working group under the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement in 2016 to guide multi-...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Sierra Leone
A father feeds his daughter mashed mango.

SPRING recently used the Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs) methodology to select improved WASH and nutrition behaviors in consultation with household members in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone.

Journal Articles

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SPRING/Sierra Leone conducted trials of improved practices (TIPs) with 24 households in Tonkolili District to test nutrition-sensitive WASH behaviours and selected complementary feeding...


Resource Review Summaries

This brief, developed by SPRING, describes country-led efforts to coordinate and implement anemia prevention and control, offering lessons learned to help other countries design the best...

This series of eight country case studies (Brazil, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Thailand) synthesizes and analyzes national policies in the area of...