Strengthening Human Resources for Nutrition

Despite the fact that there is global consensus on actions essential to address undernutrition, in many countries, the workforce needed to promote those actions is insufficient. SPRING works to strengthen human resources for nutrition with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of formally-trained professional and frontline workers in nutrition, as prioritized by USAID’s Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-15.

To do this, we—

  • help build consensus on the human resource competencies needed to implement nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive activities that can reduce undernutrition
  • develop tools for mapping the nutrition workforce within the health sector
  • create innovative training packages for the on-site training of health workers in nutrition practices
  • promote multisectoral “systems thinking” for the development of a nutrition workforce that is capable of acting and delivering services across health, agriculture, and other social sectors. 

For example, the Nutrition Workforce Mapping Toolkit helps countries understand which nutrition-specific actions are performed by health workers at different levels with the health care service-delivery system. Field tested in Haiti, the toolkit includes a user’s guide, data collection forms, data entry forms, and illustrative tables for reporting findings.

Future work in strengthening human resources for nutrition may include adapting the toolkit to map nutrition-sensitive activities undertaken by the workforce in other sectors.

 

News

Women look at SPRING learning materials
Mar 2017
Gwyneth Cotes and Sascha Lamstein to share SPRING’s work at the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits SPRING/Senegal
Aug 2016
Congressional staffers learn how partnerships are strengthening agriculture and improving nutrition.
Ambassador Gwaltney plays with SPRING volunteer’s baby boy (held by SPRING Chief of Party Michael Foley) after discussing the impact good nutrition information will make on their community and the next generation.
Jun 2016
US Ambassador Sheila Gwaltney visited SPRING/Kyrgyzstan program working to improve nutrition outcomes among women and children in Naryn Oblast.