Action - A2Z: The USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project - Zinc supplementation - Infants (up to 1 year of age)|Infants and young children|Preschool-age children (Pre-SAC)

Programme: A2Z: The USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project

Programme description

A2Z: The USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project consolidates, builds, and expands on USAID's long-term investment in micronutrients, child survival, and nutrition. A2Z takes proven interventions to scale, introduces innovation, expands services, and builds sustainable programs to increase the use of key micronutrient and blindness interventions to improve child and maternal health. With work in vitamin A supplementation of children, newborn vitamin A, food fortification, maternal and child anemia control, monitoring and evaluation, and health systems strengthening, A2Z's focus countries have included Bangladesh, Cambodia, the East, Central and Southern Africa region, India, Nepal, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda and West Bank.

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Target group: 
Infants (up to 1 year of age)
Infants and young children
Preschool-age children (Pre-SAC)
Age group: 
6-59 months
Primary health care center
Implementation details : 

With advocacy from A2Z/HKI and other donors, the Government of Tanzania in December 2006 adopted a policy for the use of zinc for the treatment of diarrhea. A2Z/HKI provided technical support to the National IMCI coordinator to incorporate zinc therapy as part of diarrhea management and developed modified IMCI guidelines. Zinc treatment and low osmolarity solution oral rehydration salts (ORS) have been incorporated into the National Standard Therapeutic Guidelines. The project facilitated formative research to learn about the health-seeking practices of the community around diarrhea by Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre and Johns Hopkins University. The formative research also tested the acceptability of zinc treatment for diarrhea among mothers and caretakers. The findings of the study are expected to be used to assist in the development of health worker training modules and behavior change communication materials for use by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the community.

Outcome indicator(s): 

Under-five mortality rate

Outcome reported by social determinants: 
Vulnerable groups


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Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:36ginaContribEdited by william_nkoom.published
Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:36ginaContribEdited by william_nkoom.published