Pregnancy and the postnatal period are critical times for ensuring the health and wellbeing of women and their children. Anaemia during pregnancy is common and can have serious consequences for both mother and child, including increased risk of low birthweight and preterm birth, as well as maternal and perinatal mortality.[1&2] Iron deficiency is a major cause of anaemia among pregnant women. Iron requirements increase substantially during pregnancy and it is difficult to meet these needs with food alone. Based on evidence of reduced risk of anaemia, iron deficiency and other adverse outcomes including having a low birthweight baby, WHO recommends daily iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation throughout pregnancy, together with appropriate nutrition counselling. This is in addition to a series of other recommendations for nutrition interventions as part of antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience and other important maternal and child outcomes.
Nutrition International works in collaboration with government and other partners to improve maternal nutrition through enhancing the provision, quality and integration of health and nutrition services and empowering women and their families to seek care and adopt healthy behaviours.
Nutrition International contributes to improving Maternal Nutrition in Bangladesh by:
This work is in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, the Institute of Public Health Nutrition, the Directorate General of Health Services, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The urban pilot program is in partnership with The Dhaka North City Corporation and Concerned Women for Family Development. The program builds on NI’s successful demonstration project in four districts from 2011-2014. NI has scaled up the program model to four new districts in 2015 (Jessore, Gaibandha, Barisal and Jamalpur), to a further six districts in 2016 (Sirajgonj, Sherpur, Bogra, Noakhali, Kishoregonj, and Sunamgoni).
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