Action - Nutrition International - Deworming Adolescents, WASH and Nutrition (DAWN) - Nutrition education

Programme: Nutrition International - Deworming Adolescents, WASH and Nutrition (DAWN)

Programme description

DAWN is an innovative partnership among the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and Nutrition International. The immediate aim of this project is to demonstrate the effectiveness and scalability of using the secondary school platform to deliver iron-folic acid (IFA) within a package of services including soil-transmitted helminth (STH) treatment, WASH interventions, and behavior change interventions, to improve the nutrition and health status of adolescent girls in secondary schools in selected districts in Bangladesh. The lessons learned from this program model and costing data will then inform policy recommendations regarding future scale up for investment by GoB and its investment partners.  Johnson & Johnson is the provider of deworming treatment through their global technical partner, Children Without Worms (CWW).

The primary objectives of the project are:

  1. Identify an appropriate and effective delivery mechanism for the provision of an integrated package of interventions including IFA, STH treatment, WASH, and behavior change intervention (BCI) to adolescents via the secondary school platform (grades 8, 9, and 10).
  2. Identify key factors that would optimize the implementation efficiency and cost-effectiveness of delivering the integrated package to the target group.
  3. Enhance the intake of IFA supplementation and STH treatment among adolescent boys and girls.
  4. Reduce the prevalence of anemia and improve iron nutrition among adolescent girls.
  5. Improve the overall health and nutrition status of adolescent boys and girls.
  6. Reduce prevalence of STH infection and decrease worm load among adolescent boys and girls.
  7. Through a BCI, improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) among adolescents and their key social influencers regarding: IFA supplementation, nutrition, WASH (including menstrual hygiene management), and deworming.
  8. Reduce WASH-related barriers to menstrual hygiene management for girls (to support girls’ school attendance and therefore uptake of the intervention package).
  9. To provide policy recommendations and a costed action plan to GoB on implementation of a scaled-up school-based nutrition program to deliver IFA and to improve nutrition and health of the adolescents nationwide.


This project will conclude in March 2020.

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