Nutrition International works in partnership with the Government of the Philippines to improve nutrition for women and children.
In October 2016, Nutrition International expanded its efforts into the Philippines, with the focus on reaching more people with better nutrition.
One year later, the Right Start Initiative was launched in the Philippines, with the aim of improving nutrition for pregnant women, newborns, infants and young children. With an investment of $CAN 4.3M from the Government of Canada over five years to 2020, Right Start will reach more than 230,000 people across 45 municipalities in 7 provinces by:
- Supporting the government to update policies and guidelines and come up with local nutrition action plans for delivering nutrition services (micronutrient and dietary supplementation, nutrition education and counselling) during the critical 1,000-day window (from conception to a child’s second birthday.)
- Training community health workers and equipping them with job aids and tracking tools to improve their skills in: promoting adherence to iron and folic acid supplementation for pregnant, infant and young child nutrition, and providing multiple micronutrient powders for infants.
- Organizing nutrition and breastfeeding support groups for: nutrition education, counselling, client and service delivery tracking, and guiding mothers or caregivers on exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding and adding multiple micronutrient powders.
- Increasing coverage of iron-folic acid supplements among pregnant women, exclusive breastfeeding among infants and micronutrient powder supplementation for infants.