Delivering the right nutrition at the right time.
Last year, the delivery of our programs continued to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. School closures persisted, leaving children and young people without access to important nutrition interventions and education and many – especially girls – at risk of never going back to school at all. Resources and healthcare workers were diverted to tackling COVID-19 and fear of contracting the virus kept some people from seeking care altogether. Supply chain disruptions and rising inflation increased the prices of critical nutrition commodities, like vitamin A, putting a dent into already-stretched budgets. Despite these compounding issues, we found new avenues and methods for critical nutrition interventions.
Our Impact in 2021
The impact of good nutrition
In 2021, we continued our assistance to national and subnational governments to support stronger nutrition policies and programming. We also partnered with globally-renowned institutions and organizations to deliver new research and evidence – ensuring that decision-makers and implementers have the data they need. Here are just some of our results :
children under five received two doses of vitamin A
people gained access to adequately iodized salt
people gained access to fortified foods
adolescents received nutrition education
adolescent girls consumed weekly iron and folic acid supplements
pregnant women consumed iron and folic acid supplements
children with diarrhoea received the recommended course of zinc and oral rehydration salts
newborns reached with a birth package intervention