Job Aids and Tools

Figure 1. The SPRING Framework for Applying Systems Thinking to Nutrition

In 2015, SPRING developed a simple framework for applying systems thinking to nutrition-related actions (figure 1), built off the work in USAID’s paper on local systems (2014b), the United...

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New evidence-based recommendations—particularly for prevention and treatment of anemia and parasitic infections—are a part of the revised the national antenatal care (ANC) clinical protocol...

Keywords: Policy, Anemia
Location: Kyrgyz Republic


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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 brightly colored junk food at a market. Credit: Lokendra Nath Roychoudhury

SPRING examined the state of existing policies on double-duty actions in 29 countries. The countries selected were those listed as high priority for maternal and child health (MCH) 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
Photo of a health professional giving a mother a demonstration using a doll.

Since late 2014, SPRING has worked at the community and national levels to address some of these factors and help reduce stunting and anemia in the Kyrgyz Republic through the uptake of 11...

Location: Kyrgyz Republic
Two children smile at the camera.

This guide is written for government staff, USAID missions, and implementing partners interested in improving the quality of nutrition-related services delivered at various levels and by a...

Recommendations along the life cycle graphic

Reducing undernutrition requires a commitment from multiple sectors, yet documentation on how to collaborate across sectors to reach global goals is scant. Through a three-country...


Figure 3: Nutrition, Growth, and Development in the Community. "The illustration in figure 3 depicts an ideal community that has all of the ingredients for good nutrition, growth, and development."

The SPRING project is committed to creating an environment where nutrition, growth, and development is possible. We believe that program designers, planners, and implementers must work...


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This short video is a brief overview of the work that SPRING has been doing in the Kyrgyz Republic since the project began in 2014.

Looking Beyond Food for Better Nutrition

SPRING collects evidence and shares experience and tools for development practitioners who are designing programs to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition globally.

Keywords: Agriculture, Policy
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SPRING’s Pathways to Better Nutrition Case Studies provide new evidence to help countries understand how nutrition-related activities are prioritized and funded, focusing on the effect that...

Walking through the BIDCO factory

Levi Jean Kabatabarukye, the Quality Control Manager at BIDCO, describes the USAID-funded SPRING project's efforts to support industrial fortification in Uganda.

Keywords: Anemia, Fortification, Scale-up, Policy
Location: Uganda
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Why does financing matter to improving nutrition outcomes? This crucial information can be used to improve planning, advocacy efforts, and implementation of nutrition activities. Watch this...


Infographic summarizing findings from nutrition budget analysis interviews.

This infographic summarizes a report that synthesizes information from 11 countries to better understand how they have used findings from their budget analysis activities to improve...

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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
Anemia infographic. Images: graphics representing the 3 stages - assess, prioritize, coordinate. Title: Act to Reduce Anemia, Summary: Anemia is a widespread public health problem with many causes—reducing its prevalence improves the health and economic development of families and nations. Countries can take the following actions to address their specific anemia situation. Text: ASSESS THE SITUATION Anemia has many causes, such as infections, micronutrient deficiencies, inflammation, and genetic disorders.

Anemia is a widespread public health problem with many causes—reducing its prevalence improves the health and economic development of families and nations. Countries can take the following...

Keywords: Policy, Anemia
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Through our project’s Pathways to Better Nutrition Case Studies in Uganda and Nepal, we developed 10 recommendations for how countries can translate their multi-sectoral nutrition policies...

Developing Sustainable Nutrition Financing Systems: The Role of Budget Analysis

This graphic depicts steps for tracking financial support for nutrition in low- and middle-income countries.


A group of women attending a handwashing seminar.

The Kyrgyz Republic national deworming working group, with SPRING support, developed a new clinical protocol for prevention and treatment of helminth infection.

Journal Articles

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SPRING Pathways to Better Nutrition (PBN) case studies documented successes and challenges in implementing NNAPs in Nepal and Uganda at national and sub-national level. A longitudinal,...

Prioritizing and Funding Nepal's Multisector Nutrition Plan Article Thumbnail

Background: Nepal has a long tradition of designing good multisectoral nutrition policy. However, success of policy implementation has varied.

Keywords: Multi-sector, Policy
Location: Nepal
Assessing Progress in Implementing Uganda's Nutrition Action Plan: District-Level Insights Article Thumbnail

The 2011 Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) established 2016 maternal and child nutrition targets. However, there is a lack of routine district-level data collection to assess UNAP...

Prioritizing and Funding the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan Thumbnail

In 2010, Uganda began developing its first multisectoral nutrition plan, the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP), to reduce malnutrition. While the UNAP signals high-level commitment to...


Examining the District Assessment Tool for Anemia

The Ministry of Health (MoH), with support from SPRING/Uganda, coordinates a multi-sectoral National Anemia Working Group (NAWG) which is intended to strengthen the policy environment,...

Keywords: Multi-sector, Anemia, Policy
Location: Uganda


Icons representing sectors involved in multi-sectoral anemia programming

SPRING has developed guidance tools to support countries to develop context-specific and data-driven approaches to combat anemia.

Keywords: Anemia, Multi-sector, Policy
Pathways to Better Nutrition Case Study Series thumbnail

SPRING’s Pathways to Better Nutrition Case Studies provide new evidence to help countries understand how nutrition-related activities are prioritized and funded, focusing on the effect that...


BIDCO: Happy, Healthy Living sign

This past January, I visited the BIDCO factory with two colleagues from the SPRING/Uganda office for a first-hand look at how SPRING’s upstream work with the fortification industry helps to...

Keywords: Anemia, Fortification, Scale-up, Policy
Location: Uganda