IYCN worked with the FMOH, other relevant government ministries, UNICEF, WHO, and the many partners implementing OVC and HIV/AIDS programs in Nigeria with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to improve the nutritional status of children less than two years of age and their mothers. The project placed special emphasis on increasing the chance that children born to HIV-positivemothers live healthy lives free from HIV. Efforts focused on improving the enabling environment for nutrition programs by reviewing and updating policy guidelines and training manuals and building the capacity of health workers.
From 2009 to 2011, the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Infant & Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project supported the government of Nigeria’s efforts to reduce maternal and child undernutrition and improve the HIV-free survival of infants and young children. IYCN provided technical assistance to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development, and other partners to review, update, and disseminate nutrition policies and guidelines, train health care workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its surrounding area councils, and enhance behavior change interventions targeting HIV-positive mothers and HIV-exposed children.
The project also supported a quality improvement approach to strengthen nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) services at prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and orphans and vulnerable children service sites in the FCT. As a result of IYCN’s role in Nigeria, the country adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent recommendations on infant feeding within the context of HIV, and updated national guidelines were distributed to nutrition stakeholders across the country.
Behaviour change communication and/or counselling for improved complementary feeding was reported to the Global Nutrition Policy Review (GNPR) 2009-2010
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