Duration: December 2013 to 2020
In Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India, Alive & Thrive is providing strategic technical assistance to enhance nutrition activities supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal is to accelerate improvements in nutrition outcomes through the application of Alive & Thrive’s program approach, lessons, and tools.
In 2010, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation entered into a partnership with the Government of Bihar to advance the state’s health goals. The partnership, called Ananya, engages the foundation and the state’s Departments of Health and Family Welfare, Social Welfare, Rural Development, and Public Health Engineering, along with other stakeholders. Alive & Thrive is providing technical assistance to Ananya partners to support their efforts to improve nutrition, specifically infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in the following ways.
For more information on Ananya, visit: http://ananya.org.in/
In Uttar Pradesh (UP), Alive & Thrive is working with several stakeholders to improve their infant and young child feeding (IYCF) activities through the uptake of proven behavior change communication tools and approaches. These stakeholders, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, include the Technical Support Group for the government’s health service as well as self-help groups and civil society organizations involved in a community mobilization project for reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health.
Of particular interest to stakeholders is Alive & Thrive’s experience in achieving scale with quality interventions. In response to requests, Alive & Thrive is conducting formative research to fill knowledge gaps and providing support for the development of tools to improve the capacity of frontline workers to counsel on feeding practices. These tools include a reminder brochure with IYCF recommendations by child age, a supervision checklist, and two training videos to ensure the standardization and quality of IYCF training of frontline workers.