Nutrition assessment counseling and support

Reports

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The overall goal of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling Package when implemented at scale where the government was...

Young girls listen to an interview with a newly married woman who regularly attends CIYCF support group meetings.

This progress report is part of the evaluation of Nigeria’s Community Infant and Young Child Feeding (C‐ IYCF) Counselling Package, a joint endeavor with the Federal Ministry of Health (...

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Following the training of data collectors, the in‐depth interviews with key stakeholders from the enabling environment, and a maternal survey, we oversaw the management, entry, and analysis...

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Since September 2014, the evaluation has moved quickly. The protocol and data collection tools (semistructured interviews with federal, state, LGA, community, and health‐facility leaders;...

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Between June and September 2014, with input from UNICEF, SPRING finalized the study protocol and numerous data collection tools, and completed the recruitment process for a local study...

Women attend a C-IYCF support group meeting in Nigeria. Sascha Lamstein, SPRING.

The C-IYCF Counselling Package provides information and guidance for community volunteers (CV) and primary health care staff when they support mothers, fathers, and other caregivers to...

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SPRING officially launched activities in Haiti in April 2012, collaborating with the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP). Children under five years of age, pregnant...

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The 2014 monitoring of the integration of Nutrition Assessment Counselling and Support (NACS) into routine health care in South West (SW) Uganda and Namutumba district in East Central (EC)...

Four women and one man measuring a newborn

Recognizing the need for training health care workers (HCW), the gap in knowledge related to effective training approaches, and the extensive resources that are invested in trainings, we...

Level-III health facility in Southwestern Uganda.

In Uganda, SPRING is enhancing the capacity of health facilities to implement nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) activities. To inform the design of these activities,...

Training Materials

outside of a hospital. people walk by, ride bikes. there is a group of people under an umbrella.

SPRING worked closely with the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP) to strengthen the nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) approach. The NACS components...

Job Aids and Tools

Front cover [title] Photo-to-Illustration Guide A Resource for the Development of Health Communication Visual Materials [cover illustration] Foreground: a collage of nine illustrations of mothers with their children or by themselves. "USAID." SPRING logo”

This Photo-to-Illustration (PTI) Guide highlights a specific technique for creating high-quality illustrations through a process involving tracing a reference photograph and then scanning...

REF-NACS partner logos

The Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Facility-Level Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (REF-NACS) is a generic tool that helps gather information on the capacity of health facilities...

Briefs

A health worker takes arm circumference and weight measurements on a 2-3 year old child being held by his mother. The child is making a distressed face.

This brief describes SPRING’s challenges and achievements using the NACS approach in Uganda to integrate nutrition into the health care delivery system.

Location: Uganda
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This brief presents key findings from the baseline study related to five aspects of women’s empowerment: educational attainment, employment, participation in decision making, control of...

Location: Nigeria
Photo of a woman holding IYCF cards

Between December 2014 and June 2015, we conducted 21 interviews with key informants from the federal government, Kaduna State government, and Kajuru LGA as well as semi-structured...

Location: Nigeria
Photo of an infant on a woman's shoulder

The C-IYCF Counselling Package provides information and guidance for community volunteers (CV) and primary health care staff for supporting mothers, fathers, and other caregivers to...

Location: Nigeria
Integration of Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support into Routine Health Service Delivery

This technical brief includes information on the strategic approaches we used, the achievements attained, lessons learned, and challenges encountered in program implementation in the...

Location: Uganda

Success Stories

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How the Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria’s Plateau State came to prioritize improved nutrition by allocating funding for infant and young child feeding (IYCF) activities for...

Photo of Miss Bantaabu, a community health worker, meets with Madam Kusumi Gipi (right) during a counseling session about breastfeeding.

Funded by USAID, SPRING/Ghana’s scaling up of the UNICEF infant and young child feeding (IYCF) training package in 15 districts in northern Ghana encourages early initiation of...

Nurses at the improved prenatal clinic lead group education about nutrition with pregnant women awaiting consultations.

This success story describes how small improvements to the maternity ward at Hôpital Immaculée Conception des Cayes in southern Haiti are supporting nutrition counseling.

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Needing to increase the number of health facilities served from 12 to 17 in FY15 had the SPRING/Haiti project asking an important question: How was the project's small technical staff going...

Using OJT for Better Nutrition in Haiti

Patricia Chéry is a nurse in the prenatal unit at Hôpital Maternité de Carrefour in West Department, Haiti. Miss Chéry, as with many healthcare workers in Haiti, has received training from...

News

Dr. Lamstein presenting

At this event, Sascha Lamstein presented on nutrition workforce training methods, using data gathered during SPRING’s work in Haiti.

Nicole Racine, SPRING/Haiti country manager handing the microphone to Center Nutrition Focal Point, Miss Ninette Dupuy with Trainers from Hopital Ste Therese de Hinche at the closing ceremony on October 13, 2015.

SPRING/Haiti praised trainings and information gained during the project and will continue toward NACS and IYCF goals.

Activities

NACS meeting participants

SPRING/Haiti has played a key role in enhancing Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS) leadership at the district and facility level.

Uganda training group

At the facility level, SPRING/Uganda works to strengthen nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) services as a complete package that is fully integrated as part of prevention...

Posters

Tools for Assessing Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support Services at the Facility and Community Levels

The study findings suggest that even though most health facilities report assessing nutrition status, they do not do so consistently. Likewise, although most providers reported providing...