The project will contribute to reduced maternal and child under nutrition in the area through improved nutritional status of children under two years (with a particular focus on stunting in children aged 0-23 months) and girls in the reproductive age group by increased awareness on prevention of stunting and poor nutrition among pregnant women.
Stunting has been persistently high in Zambia for more than two decades, as shown by data since 1992 (see Figure 1). Rates only dropped by 6 percentage points from 46% to 40% between 1992 and 2013. Given population growth, the absolute number of children who are stunted has increased, from 685,000 in 1992 to 1.14 million in 2013. In addition, around 10% of women aged between 15 and 49 are underweight. The problem is attributed by poor health efficacy, uptake of nutritious foods and HIV .
To increase awareness and knowledge among mothers and care providers with undernourished children (0-59 months) and pregnant girls. We will use a community participatory approach to promote appropriate locally available nutritional foods, preparations, preservation and kitchen gardens among women groups and ideal hygiene and WASH practices, capacity building of volunteers in infant counseling and provide counseling.
Improved nutrition status of children less than two years and women in the reproductive age group achieved through increased knowledge at family, community and district level and Improved quality of integrated nutrition services for women and children in project area.