16 August 2019

Nutrition International and UNFPA

2018

Commitment Progress

Nutrition International’s investment of up to $2,460,200 million (CAD) in UNFPA-Nigeria and UNFPA-Senegal, made through the Nutrition Leverage and Influence for Transformation (N-LIFT) program funded by the Government of Canada, will increase the impact of nutrition and family planning interventions for women and adolescent girls by: improving service demand and access; achieving program efficiencies; and, harnessing the mutually reinforcing nature of sexual and reproductive health and nutrition programming.

The partnership is now fully operational in both countries. In Nigeria, formative research has been conducted to inform the integration of nutrition information into UNFPA’s Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI). Girls enrolled in UNFPA’s AGI receive numeracy and literacy classes, and negotiation and communication skills, in addition to the sexual and reproductive health education in safe spaces. Through partnership with N-LIFT, UNFPA will integrate nutrition education into this package, expanding intake and demand for nutrition interventions. In addition, development of a Nutrition Module for Nigerian nurses’ and midwives’ mandatory continuing education has been implemented through the Ministry of Health.

In Senegal, startup activities, including a multi-stakeholder inception workshop and baseline assessment survey have been started end of 2018 and completed beginning of 2019. Implementation is set to begin in 2019. This partnership will also conduct a landscape analysis to assess the feasibility of introducing WIFA supplements into the UNFPA procurement portfolio for routine family planning services.

This initiative, in both countries, aims to increase knowledge, attitudes and practices around iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation and healthy eating among adolescent girls and women of reproduction age, and also seeks to increase intake of weekly IFA (WIFA) supplements among out-of-school adolescent girls. The projects will focus on integrating nutrition into family planning/reproductive health, and adolescent program interventions at the primary health care level, including in communities.

2017 – London Family Planning Summit

Adolescent girls and women are among the most underserved populations globally, and lack of access to family planning and nutrition services. Using existing platforms in new ways to reach this vulnerable group is one key opportunity to address this gap. Nutrition International and UNFPA have made a commitment to FP2020, in support of Every Woman Every Child, to increase the impact of nutrition and family planning interventions for women and adolescent girls from January 2018 till July 2020. This will be achieved by: improving service access; achieving program efficiency; and harnessing the mutually reinforcing nature of sexual and reproductive health and nutrition programming.

Nutrition International’s investment of up to $2 million (CAD) in UNFPA, made through the Government of Canada funded Nutrition Leverage and Influence for Transformation (N-LIFT) program, will:

  • Reach 500,000 women and girls over two years in Nigeria and Senegal with iron and folic acid, and nutrition education and counseling services that have been integrated with family planning interventions
  • Leverage UNFPA family planning and maternal health services delivered through government-run clinics and civil society organizations
  • Generate evidence for future scale up through UNFPA programs, which reach 15 million women annually
  • Support global efforts to reduce iron deficiency anemia, low birth weight, and neural tube defects (SDG 2), and increase access to reproductive health services (SDG 5).