Uganda

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Briefs

Photo of community health worker showing a mother (holding her young child) the MNP calendar

This brief discusses costing studies for nutrition interventions generally, and highlights how a cost-efficiency study can influence policy decisions.

Location: Uganda
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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...

Photo of a woman in a USAID/SPRING shirt sitting on a mat on the ground with a mother holding her child in her arms. The mother is feeding the child with a spoon.

Between 2013 and 2015 the USAID-funded multisectoral SPRING project conducted a rigorous analysis of publicly available data on funding and expenditures for nutrition.

Location: Uganda
Abdul Nuldin Katongole and Jolly Ruyonga, traders who work with maize millers, read a factsheet on food fortification.

From 2012 to 2017, the SPRING consolidated gains from consecutive successful USAID projects and made fortification the primary platform for delivering micronutrients to the population of...

Location: Uganda
Photo of a mother, carrying her child on her back, reading a poster inside a store. Caption: "A mother looks at 'Benefits of fortified foods' poster in Kampala."

Anemia reduction requires building evidence and strengthening specific interventions to address the individual causes of anemia. SPRING’s efforts in Uganda focused on industrial and home...

Location: Uganda

Reports

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Malnutrition among adolescents can adversely affect health and productivity in adult life; among school-going children, micronutrient deficiencies such as iron-deficiency anemia can reduce...

Keywords: Anemia, Fortification
Location: Uganda
Photo of a man pouring flour into a machine

From July 2016 to July 2017, Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), USAID’s flagship multi-sectoral nutrition project, conducted interviews...

Keywords: Fortification
Location: Uganda
Maize mill employee Haruna Ssemakula carries a sack of maize flour to a waiting truck.

Mapping the maize millers was a nationwide exercise. The National Working Group on Food Fortification (NWGFF) approved the activity, which aimed to inform stakeholders about the status of...

Keywords: Fortification
Location: Uganda

Videos

Photo of a group of women and men gathering to look at a flyer on handwashing.

This video highlights learning and experience from SPRING's diverse community media portfolio through four key principles with examples of each principle in action, using various types of...

Two women sit and talk. One woman holds a packet of micronutrient powder and explains its benefits to the other woman.

This video provides an overview of SPRING/Uganda's work in micronutrient powders.

Student highlighted in red to depict prevalence of anemia among students

SPRING/Uganda developed “For Very Little, Gain More” as an advocacy video to improve school feeding through procurement of fortified maize flour for students’ meals. The video engages...

Keywords: Anemia, Fortification, Adolescents
Location: Uganda
A table with stacks of copies of the DATA tool materials.

SPRING developed the District Assessment Tool for Anemia, or DATA, to strengthen planning for anemia reduction at the subnational level. DATA is an Excel-based tool used during a two-day...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Uganda
Discussing district data at the DATA training of trainers

The video features the implementation of DATA in Nepal and Uganda, focusing on local leaders and stakeholders who participated in DATA district-level workshops and national training of...

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Ghana, Uganda, Nepal
Katoto tells a street vendor that eating a rolex made with fortified wheat and cooking oil is one way for customers to get essential nutrients like iron, zinc, and vitamin A.

Katoto is a popular animated character on Ugandan social media and television and an engaging figure for raising the public’s awareness of fortified foods. This cartoon builds on SPRING’s...

Keywords: Anemia, Fortification
Location: Uganda

Galleries

Participants listen to SPRING’s findings on the current status of maize milling.

On November 13th, SPRING/Uganda invited maize flour producers in Uganda to learn about challenges and opportunities in fortifying flour and shared resources on potential technology options...

Keywords: Anemia, Micronutrient
Location: Uganda
Photo: Goretti Kyebajia, a health facility staff from Namutumba district, reviews the MNP materials.

SPRING presented the results of our formative, qualitative, and cost-effectiveness research on micronutrient powders in Namutumba district to district and national stakeholders during a one...

Keywords: Anemia, Micronutrient
Location: Uganda
Thomas Okoth and Justine Nabuuma of Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) perform an iron spot test on maize flour, to establish if the flour with the fortification logo is actually fortified.

Advocating for the fortification of major staple foods in Uganda is one way SPRING has contributed to the prevention and control of stunting and anemia.

Keywords: Fortification
Location: Uganda

News

Mike Mazinga, a member of SPRING/Uganda staff, explains how SPRING played a role in encouraging production and consumption of fortified foods in Uganda.

SPRING/Uganda staff shared the project’s achievements at a legacy event in Kampala.

Photo: SPRING staff member Mike Mazinga presents on the current status of maize milling in Uganda.

In November 2017, SPRING/Uganda invited maize flour producers and other stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities in fortifying flour and learn about technology options for...

Four people sit around a table.

SPRING/Uganda transitions the chairmanship of the inspection and enforcement working group in the East Central and Southern Africa Health Community to Uganda National Bureau of Standards.

Keywords: Anemia, Fortification
Location: Uganda
Participant working on assignment during the orientation.

SPRING/Uganda helped incorporate a module on anemia prevention and control into the Bachelor of Medical Education program at Health Tutors College of Mulago.

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Uganda
Poster with the name of the conference and the conference schedule

SPRING shared findings and recommendations at the 2017 International Health Economics Association World Congress in Boston on how to ensure nutrition policy translates to financing and...

Jennifer Akello (R), a SPRING/Uganda staff, explains to Members of Parliament about SPRING/Uganda’s work in the prevention and control of anemia and stunting through policy influence, food fortification and distribution of vitamin and mineral powders. This was during the inaugural Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Nutrition.

SPRING/Uganda exhibits on food fortification and vitamin and minerals powders during first-ever nutrition forum for policymakers.

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Uganda
Sarah Ngalombi from the Uganda Ministry of Health speaks at a National Anemia Working Group meeting

SPRING interviewed public and private sector leaders about creating multi-sectoral anemia prevention and control strategies.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector
Location: Uganda

Infographics

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In Uganda, SPRING provides technical assistance and leadership at the national and district levels to help reduce stunting, micronutrient deficiencies, and anemia, particularly in children...

Keywords: Policy, Fortification
Location: Uganda

Journal Articles

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USAID’s SPRING project has developed an approach that countries can use to bridge the gap between primary data collection and developing more routine systems. In this article, challenges...

Success Stories

Whitney, 2, with his grandmother Zewelensi, 60. Whitney was malnourished, but after three months of eating foods mixed with MNP, his health improved.

SPRING, which applies a multi-sectoral approach to reduce stunting and anemia, helped the Ugandan Ministry of Health pilot the rollout MNP sachet distribution in both health facilities and...

Keywords: Micronutrient, Anemia
Location: Uganda

Pages

Resource Review Summaries

Do higher levels of farm production diversity contribute to improved diets in smallholder farm households? This study adds to existing literature by using and comparing different indicators...

Keywords: Agriculture
Location: Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda

Over the past 50 years, understandings of the best ways to combat malnutrition among women and children globally have changed, along with the technology that exists to fight it. The IMMANA-...

This study examines whether adoption of improved dairy cow breeds is linked to farm-level outcomes that translate into household-level benefits, including improved child nutrition outcomes...

Keywords: Agriculture
Location: Uganda

The research detailed in this article explores Ugandan district leaders’ perceptions of the nutrition situation, programs, and opportunities for integration as part of "Pathways-to-Better...

Keywords: Agriculture
Location: Uganda

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 study uses panel data from small-scale coffee producers in Uganda and compares the effects of two of the most popular sustainability standards used by smallholder farmers in developing...

Keywords: Agriculture
Location: Uganda

This technical brief provides an overview of community SBCC and triggering on positive nutrition and hygiene behaviours. It summarises some key insights and findings from Sustainable...

The government of Uganda has rolled-out five high iron bean varieties in an attempt to address national iron deficiency anemia especially among women, children, and infants. In Uganda,...

Keywords: Anemia, Agriculture, Fortification
Location: Uganda

This evaluation, conducted by the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studied malaria rapid diagnostic tests from...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Uganda

In this study, researchers sought to determine if a malaria care improvement intervention had an impact on health outcomes for young children in Tororo, Uganda. The intervention group of...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Uganda

In this study, researchers assessed absorption of therapeutic iron among children in Uganda that were given antimalarial treatment. Children aged 6-59 months with both malaria and anemia...

In the November 2016 Ag2Nut Call, Matthias Jäger, Markets and Value Chain Expert, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) / CGIAR, presented findings from a pilot project in...

Keywords: Agriculture
Location: Kenya, Uganda

These guidelines aim to strengthen the contribution of agricultural extension and community mobilization to improve household food and nutrition security in Uganda. The intended primary...

During this webinar, the inaugural round of fellows from the IMMANA program highlighted their research on developing new methodological approaches to guide agricultural interventions for...

In his new book, journalist Roger Thurow tells stories of mothers and babies worldwide to explore the effort to end childhood malnutrition. Thurow highlights the importance of proper...

The Uganda Sickle Surveillance Study introduced a simple yet innovative approach to screening infants for sickle cell disease – the most prevalent genetic disorder in the world, and a cause...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Uganda

SPRING, UNICEF, and the World Food Program (WFP), in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH), launched a home fortification program as a strategy to combat micronutrient...

In this research study, similar barriers to leveraging agriculture for nutrition were identified by stakeholders in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. These include a narrow focus on solely...

In this study, researchers sought to further explore the association of anemia with Schistosoma mansoni and hookworm infections in individuals aged 5-90 in Uganda. The authors found that...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Uganda

The authors aimed to assess hemoglobin levels and the factors associated with anemia in pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in their third trimester in the rural district of Mpigi,...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Uganda

Based on experience from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Central Africa Republic, this report describes the adoption of participatory extension such as the...

Keywords: Integration
Location: Rwanda, Uganda

The authors of this paper aim to empirically infer causal linkages between fruit and vegetable production, individual intake, food security, and anemia. Qualitative research and econometric...

The Cost of Hunger in Africa study demonstrates that child nutrition can be a determinant factor in achieving Africa's transformation agenda. The report highlights that undernourished...

Keywords: Anemia
Location: Ethiopia, Uganda

The July 2014 Ag2Nut Community of Practice monthly call featured two presentations; one on the Ugandan Food Trade System and the other on a New Dietary Diversity Score. Terri Ballard, a...

Keywords: Dietary diversity
Location: Uganda

The authors of this extensive review argue that achieving food security in Uganda is an effective means of curtailing civil strife, violence, and insecurity. The paper examines how the...

Location: Uganda

The July 2014 edition of the Feed the Future Newsletter features stories on how the initiative is working to improve nutrition through the U.S. President’s Initiative. Read about efforts in...

Location: Uganda, Bangladesh

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 uses a nationally representative sample of Ugandan households to rigorously examine how adoption of improved dairy cow breeds impacts enterprise, household, and individual child...

Location: Uganda

Since 2009, Opportunity International has disbursed more than 164,000 agricultural loans and opened more than 618,000 rural savings accounts across Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, and...

This baseline dietary intake survey in Uganda 1) estimates the prevalence of inadequate intakes of specific micronutrients, and 2) predicts the potential contribution of fortification of...

Keywords: Fortification
Location: Uganda