Bangladesh: Protecting and Promoting Food Security and Nutrition for Families and Children in Bangladesh
This joint programme's aim is to improve nutrition and food security for vunerable children and caregivers in one of the most impoverished areas of Bangladesh, where households have been hard hit by high food prices and malnutrition is prevalent.
The JP seeks to reduce underweight and malnutrition in children 6-59 months and acutely malnutrition in pregnant and lactating women. Elements include homestead food production, in-kind food transfers, community based management of acute malnutrition, school feeding and gardening, and strengthening food security and nutrition information systems.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Initial data indicates a decrease in the prevalence of overall acute undernutrition among children 6-59 months as a result of programme initiatives.
- The focus of the programme on community clinics has resulted in regular services being available at these facilities, which have treated more than 9000 children and pregnant and lactating women for management of malnutrition.
- 5919 participant families have received technical and material inputs to enhance their food security. The families are also receiving education on improving their dietary diversity by combining food groups and introducing fruits, vegetables, pulses and animal proteins into their diets.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period