NHED is leading a consortium of four organisations (CS-SUNN, Crown Agents Nigeria & Sterling Bank of Nigeria) to implement the World Bank-supported Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) project in Gombe, Nasarawa, and Plateau States. ANRIN aims to improve the nutritional and health status of under-five children, pregnant women, and adolescent girls in targeted states by providing community-Based, Basic Package of Nutrition services. This project will run for 3 years from 2021 to 2023.
Objectives of the Project
- Behavior-change communications to improve infant and young child feeding, namely, early and exclusive breastfeeding (0-6 months) and appropriate complementary feeding (6-23 months).
- Provision of micronutrient powders to children 6-23 months to improve the food quality provided for complementary feeding.
- Iron/folic acid supplementation for pregnant women, with a focus not only on provision to women but also counseling to improve compliance.
- Intermittent presumptive treatment for malaria to pregnant women.
- Zinc and ORS for treatment of diarrhea in children 6-59 months.
- Vitamin A supplementation twice a year for children 6-59 months.
- Deworming twice a year for children 12-59 months.
- NHED facilitated and trained over 700 Community Volunteers, PHC Health Facility Workers, CSO Volunteers in enrolment and nutrition service delivery to beneficiaries in Gombe, Nasarawa and Plateau states
- Internal state coordination, implementation, and supervision structures have been fully set up between the consortium, LGA councils, and State Ministries of Health in all three project states.
- NHED-ANRiN consortium is currently delivering its Year 2 service and successfully surpassed its inception year target population coverage.