267163 Strategic information to improve nutrition in Barisal and Khulna Divisions in Bangladesh

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Timothy Williams, MA, MEM , John Snow, Inc., Arlington, VA
Akhter Ahmed, PhD , (IFPRI), International Food Policy Research Institute, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Firdousi Naher, PhD , (IFPRI), International Food Policy Research Institute, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Jillian Waid, MSW , (HKI), Helen Keller International, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Agnes B. Guyon, MD MPH , John Snow, Inc., Arlington, VA
Maternal and child under-nutrition is a direct and indirect cause of millions of childhood deaths and other adverse health outcomes annually. Undernourished children are more likely than well-nourished children to die before age five, and those that survive face long term negative impacts on mental and physical well-being. Best practices in nutrition are well documented by the 2008 Lancet Series, but in many countries, program implementation has fallen short of goals. Bangladesh faces important nutrition challenges, with 43% of children under-five suffering from chronic malnutrition according to the 2007 DHS. The SPRING Project has begun working to improve nutrition in Barisal and Khulna Divisions in southern Bangladesh and is undertaking rigorous strategic information (SI) activities to ensure that essential information is collected and effectively used by decision makers. The Project strategy aims to scale up high impact nutrition practices, using innovative interventions and multisectoral approaches across health, agriculture, and other sectors, focused on the window of opportunity from pregnancy to two years (the “first 1,000 days”). The interventions will use simple and innovative messaging, communication, and support through multiple health channels down to community level, as well as promoting improved nutrition through household food production. The authors will present baseline information on select nutrition indicators from the Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey (BIHS, carried out by IFPRI) and other population-based surveys, describe how these have influenced the SPRING integrated program approach, and discuss key monitoring indicators and SI strategies for tracking progress and using information to improve Project performance.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
- Discuss monitoring, evaluation, and research activities carried out by the SPRING Project in Bangladesh to establish baseline levels of key nutrition indicators, influence program design, track progress, and encourage use of strategic imformation for program improvement - Discuss baseline levels of key nutrition indicators - Explain the mulitsectoral approach used by SPRING to integrate nutrition interventions in the health, agriculture, and other sectors

Keywords: Nutrition, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Strategic Information Specialist for the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project, have been working in the area of public health research and evaluation for over 25 years, and have been working with the SPRING team in Bangladesh to establish and implement a strategic information strategy for the project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.