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.
The objectives of A2Z’s program in Uganda are to support increased vitamin A supplementation coverage in selected districts, expand coverage of fortified foods, improve coverage and adherence to anemia protocols for pregnant women, and support development of guidelines to include zinc in diarrhea case management for young children.
A2Z works at national and district levels to help implement national guidelines on the prevention and control of maternal anemia. The intervention package includes reduction of malaria, deworming, and improved iron intake. Efforts are underway to revitalize maternal anemia reduction activities by positioning it as a key maternal mortality reduction approach. The project is systematically addressing bottlenecks such as low health worker knowledge and motivation and generally low community awareness (especially among mothers) on the dangers of anemia. Another bottleneck—poor logistics management with frequent stock outs of iron—was examined as part of an assessment of the availability of micronutrient supplements and medicines for use in micronutrient programs. The assessment was conducted in Uganda by A2Z in collaboration with MSH/RPM+.
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